Saturday, 11 May 2013

Mud (film)

I've been struggling to find any new films to write about recently. After the wonderful glut at the very beginning of the year, there have only been a couple that I've really got excited about. I'll probably even wait for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby to come to TV! However, I think that the Southern American coming of age story Mud might be worth a look - if it gets a local screening.

Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, Mud follows two boys after they discover a homeless fugitive near their Arkansas houseboat homes. The fugitive, Mud (Matthew McConaughey), tells the boys he is on the run from bounty hunters because he has killed a man in Texas. He is now hiding in an abandoned boat in a tree, waiting for the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), to join him so they can escape together. The boys are intrigued but do not wholly believe his tale until they find their small town overrun with bounty hunters.

Like the wonderful Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Mud attempts to provide a snapshot and record of a community way of life that is fast vanishing from rural America. Early reviews are praising it's sense of place and atmospheric depiction of a Mississippi delta summer. About half of the 100-strong crew was made of Arkansas people and over 400 locals got involved as extras on set. Mud premiered at 2012's Cannes Film Festival and was also shown at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

I'll update this post as soon as I discover a local screening. Please Comment below if you spot one first!