Indie Film Alert: Mud
Mud garnered a lot of attention because of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. It was a big hit at the film festivals and has done exceptionally well in regards to ticket sales. Since I’m an Independent film buff I had to experience this film for myself.
I have to first note that the trailer does not do this film any justice. From the trailer I was thinking it was going to be more of a criminally charged, cop drama type of film. Another misconception I had was that the star of the film was McConaughey, but the young character, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) made this film great.
The underlying story of this film is a story of love. Love from friends, family and lovers. The film shows that love is sometimes a battle and you have to fight to have it. It was also charged with unconventional friendships and forming bonds to help your fellow man. All of the characters have to face change and how they deal with those changes can mean life or death.
The actors, McConaughey (Mud), Witherspoon (Juniper), Sheridan (Ellis) and Jacob Lofland (Neckbone) deliver performances that are award worthy. Mud, reminds you of Tom Hanks in Castaway, is the “bad guy” that you’re not sure what side you should take. Juniper is the love interest entangled in Mud’s mess. Ellis, in my opinion the most important character, matures throughout the film. Neckbone, the best friend to Ellis, is very blunt and humorous.
The film is still in limited theaters, but in the meantime check out the trailer below.
Plot: “Mud” is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.
I recommend you see this film and form your own opinions, but it’s another winner in my book.