Knee-Deep in Mud

Matthew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan in Mud

Matthew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan in Mud

I was happily surprised when I saw Matthew McConaughey in Bernie playing a mere supporting character.  He might not still be considered a number one A-list star, but I think that’s his choice.  One usually expects the big stars to take center stage.  Point being, I like the fact that he’s taking these smaller more interesting projects like Bernie and Mud.

More sandy than muddy, and like a slow-moving No Country for Old Men crossed with Beasts of the Southern Wild, Mud moves a little too slowly and after a while wears out its welcome.  In a world of flashy fast-cut film, I appreciate it when a movie tells its story in an overtly straightforward way — Side Effects as a perfect example — and takes enough time doing it.  But at 2 hrs. 10 mins., Mud could use a facelift, a re-envisionment which would shave 20 to 30 minutes while maintaining all the same story elements, thereby sharpening the whole experience.

Like Winter’s Bone, character portrayal is this movie’s great strength, and carries it beyond its weaknesses enough for a mild recommendation. 6/10

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Comparison Notes: Recommended: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Bone, No Country for Old Men, Sling Blade, Stand By Me, Side Effects; Unknown: A Perfect World

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