Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Matthew McConaughey is everywhere in 2013 but underlooked as the titular character Mud. Mud is in Arkansas and is hiding out in the backwaters while being helped by some local boys, Ellis and Neckbone (awesome character name, no?) played by Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland; I mention their names because they are fantastic in this movie and Ellis in particular carries the movie. I like how these tough little independent scrappers actually behave like adolescent boys who try to act tough but really have such a naive view of the world. I was reminded of Great Expectations (maybe it's a kind of retelling?) where a lost little boy encounters and helps a hardened criminal in the marshes. Mud is definitely worth seeing.