Bill C’s Review – 4.5 out of 5
Below is the short review I wrote after seeing Mud at SXSW. It opens in Austin this week. Definitely go see it!
This films reminded me a little of Stand By Me. Two young teens are convinced to help an outlaw on the run. Matthew McConaughy is great as the outlaw. The two kids are great too. The film also has Sam Sheppard, Reese Witherspoon, Joe Don Baker in small roles. This is a good coming of age movie by Jeff Nichols, the up and coming director of 2011′s Take Shelter. Both Nichols and McConaughy were there for a Q+A after the film. Definitely see this when you can!
Bill I’s Review – 4 out of 5
The plot is not important, it’s the characters that captivate and their relationships. I can’t remember the last time I saw such realistic portrayals of teenagers, and the complicated relationships they have with the grown-ups in their life. The impact of a troubled marriage, with both parents struggling to raise their son the right way, was amazing to watch. Reese Witherspoon was almost unrecognizable, not due to her appearance, but due to her character. McConaughy is terrific, coming off his great showing in Magic Mike. But the real star is the main teenage boy.