Mud unfolds like a classic novel you’ve never read. Jeff Nichol’s third feature is his best yet. That says a lot when you consider his first two are Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, two fine films in their own right. Each film he’s done has been better than the last. Nichols is on my short list of great directors of the not too distant future.
Two kids in rural Arkansas stumble across a fugitive on a river island and vow to help him. That fugitive is Mud, brilliantly played by a chip toothed McConaughey who really does get better with each year and every role. Mud could not have worked without a spot on performance from the kids and Ty Sheridan delivers. Time to get excited about David Gordon Green’s upcoming Joe where Ty costars with Nic Cage.
4 0f 5
Must Watch = 5 0f 5 (See it in the theater if possible/buy it or pay for rental)
Should Watch = 4 of 5 (Worth sending away for)
Could Watch = 3 of 5 (If it’s on a pay channel or streaming for free)
Should Not Watch = 2 of 5 (Only if friends or family insist)
Do Not Watch = 1 of 5 (Don’t allow friends or family to make this mistake)