Full Movie Reviews
cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/29/2016
Es gibt eine Stelle, wo der Mississippi sich öffnet und man meint, die ganze weite Welt von der Stelle aus zu sehen. Die Vergangenheit scheint hier auf die Zukunft zu treffen... Im Südstaaten Drama Mud spielt Matthew McConaughey einen Flüchtling, der auf einer Insel im Mississippi auf einem Boot lebt. Aber: Das Boot hängt oben im Baum fest. Aus Liebe zu Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) tötete er einen Nebenbuhler, den Spross eines kriminellen Clans. Zwei Jungs, die sein Boot entdecken, sind fasziniert von dem merkwürdigen Einsiedler und helfen ihm mit Nahrung. Jeff Nichols gelingt es über zwei Stunden, die Spannung aufrecht zu erhalten und entdecket immer neue Facetten seiner Geschichte: Die beiden Jungs werden durch die Begegnung erwachsen und lernen die wahre Liebe kennen. Ist sie …
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 02/16/2015
Mud is like the procession of Echternach, but with 5 steps going forward. So not that painfully slow. Although it's limited to 10 minutes of more movement in the end, this movie still continues to fascinate because of the engaging conversations and magnificent images of the Mississippi.
The thread throughout the entire film is the trust that Ellis, a boy who's at the intersection to adulthood, has in Mud, a fugitive who apparently killed someone who ruined the life of his childhood sweetheart Juniper. Mud is hiding in a motorboat, high in the trees, which the boys discovered on a deserted island. They help Mud to collect components, even a complete engine, for the boat. And that's unfortunately the main part of the total film. The two rascals moving back and forth to the …
sreekirch - wrote on 09/14/2013
Do not go wrong by the name. Jeff Nichols knows such contexts, as he has done it before. (Take Shelter). Family dramas and really a good verse of emotional core, is his area, and here he did no mistake. He puts McCaunaghey (Dominant performance) as Mud, as a fugitive alone in an island fighting for his lost love Juniper (Witherspoon, a slightly indifferent performance) to meet up and escape from there. Nichols brings us this intense and neatly made drama with feasible story telling and game changing performances. Surprise factor: The boys in the film (Sheridan and Shepard) were more than expected. They gave everything they could. In fact, the main asset to this film, is not the hard stick and mixed character of Mud, but the daring and valorous boys. Nichols blends his vision of superb …
memento_mori - wrote on 08/11/2013
Mud is a throwback to forgotten elements in film. Love, vengeance, coming of age, betrayal and a sense of danger.
It has elements of many of my favorite movies, paying respects to Stand By Me especially. It's one of the more heart-warming films of the year.
Going into Mud, I didn't know what to expect. And I guess Matthew McConaughey is looking to make a comeback, and although I noticed more and more flaws in the characters by the end, I thoroughly enjoyed Mud.
The direction by Jeff Nichols is marvelous. This guy knows what things to emphasize to create a certain mood. I don't think there's a single frame out of place in this film, and I simply adore the shots of nature and how he so splendidly captured youth in a nutshell.
The acting in this movie is so good, it's scary. It is …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/03/2013
"This river brings a lot of trash down...you gotta know what’s worth keeping and what’s worth letting go." Definitely one of the best quality films of the year for its genre. It starts with two friends, Ellis and Neckbone, roaming around an island and meets a fugitive named Mud. Mud tells Ellis about Juniper and how he would do anything for her. The father who lost a child to Mud tries to avenge his death by sending bounty hunters and his other son. Basically, the picture focuses on the father’s actions of their detractors or their sons coupled with the trivialities of love and maturation as a kid.
Direction and cinematography were spotless. Screenplay as always provocative with lines: “"I don't traffic in the truth too often, but I did love her," “"If you're not careful …
MikePA - wrote on 07/26/2013
Written and directed by the spectacularly talented Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories), Mud is an engrossing and effective coming-of-age story bolstered by amazing performances and fabulous directing. Unless the characters are in some sort of physical danger, you'll never take your eyes off of it. Like 2013's only slightly superior The Way, Way Back, it's so refreshing to see a coming-of-age story that feels so real and tackles its themes perfectly.
Mud follows two teenagers, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who both discover, on a separate island, this boat lodged up in this huge tree like a tree house. They climb the tree into the boat, and find that someone may be living there. That's the case, and that's where Mud (Matthew McConaughey) comes in. I won't …
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Ryan Stephen M - wrote on 06/27/2013
Mud was a movie i thought might be a little above average but I actually liked it more then that. It's one of my favorites of 2013. The plot has McConaughey character on the run and in hiding on an island. Two young boys, around 14 or 15 come to the island which is close to the small town they live in by boat just to explore it. They find a boat up in a tree, which they think is pretty cool but pretty soon they discover that someone is living in the boat when they find fresh food. After that they find Mud, and at first they are scared of him but soon they become friends and help him by bringing him food and supplies that he will need to try and get off the island. One of the things he wants to do is get back together with his ex-girlfriend, who is played by Reese Witherspoon. This hooks …
trophywife - wrote on 05/30/2013
To anyone who knows me personally, it’s no big secret that I am a fan of all things Matthew McConaughey. Even if a large mob of people stood outside a movie theater holding a banner that read “Matthew McConaughey’s new movie is just AWFUL” I’d still go see it—it’s called ‘devotion.’ But when I started hearing buzz that this is one of his finest performances ever, I knew I couldn’t miss it.
THE GOOD: Set on the banks of the Mississippi River in an Arkansas town that looks like the kind of place where your uncle might also be your grandfather, ‘Mud’ is the story of 2 young boys—Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (yes, you read that correctly—played by Jacob Lofland), who spend their days selling fish and exploring islands. It’s during one of these …
lastonetoleave - wrote on 04/27/2013
Mud (2013) Two teenage boys (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) encounter a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) who persuades them to help him evade bounty hunters so he can get back his one true love (Reese Witherspoon). This was one of my favorite films of the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, and Matthew McConaughey has another performance that will get him talked about for an Academy Award where he plays the slick-talking, likable Mud. But it's the performance of the two lead boys, Sheridan and Lofland that make this film so good. Sheridan has that presence on-screen that makes you think of the young performances of River Phoenix and Kevin Bacon as he has star quality and easy way that makes you want to follow his character anywhere he wants to go. Reese Witherspoon is somewhat wasted as the girl …
Looneymanthegreat - wrote on 04/26/2013
Mud is a surprisingly good drama about two boys and their friend named Mud. The movies plot consists of the two boy’s trying to get Mud, who is wanted for murder, together with his girl without him getting caught by the family of the man he killed, who are out for blood, and the police.
The movie is pushed forward by the threat of violence and the danger that goes along with it, but it is really a coming of age story. One of the boy’s parents are going through a divorce, and he is depending on Mud to teach him that love can last. That same lad has also gotten himself a girlfriend and hopes that he can succeed where he believe his parents have failed.
Mud was directed by Jeff Nichols, the same guy who directed 2011’s Take Shelter, and while this isn’t as good as that …