Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mud

Director: Jeff Daniels

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson

First rate adventure movie about two teen-age boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Set in Arkansas Ellis lives on a houseboat with his warring parents, and Neckbone is a trailer kid raised by his scapegrace uncle. Disgruntled with their lives the two set out on an adventure down the Mississippi where they discover a fugitive, Mud (Matthew McConaughey), living on an island. Mud is love lorne for his beloved Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), and when promises them his wreck of a boat if they help him reconnect with his long-time sweetheart (Reese Witherspoon), they agree. Good performances all round in this reprise of Mark Twain’s Mississippi tales of coming of age. Highly recommended.

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