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I have often enjoyed watched Matthew McConaughey play the romantic lead in movie opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez. But I never really thought much of him as an actor until I saw that movie he made with Jack Black where he played the Texas sheriff. That was the first time I sat up and took notice of his acting skills. It was really a superb performance and one that I don't think anyone expected from him. Now he does it again with Mud where he plays the title character, only this time I think he just might end up getting an Oscar nod. He is really so sublime in this role you just totally forget that he is acting, which is of course the highest form of flattery you can give an actor. The other thing that was great about this movie was that Reese Witherspoon was cast as a character that doesn't have to be cute. She's really good in it, even though the role is kind of brief.
Wow, Matthew McConaughey sure has come a looooong way since his early days as an actor. He's virtually unrecognizable in the title role of this river adventure - he really forgets the whole hunky pinup thing that he's known for and just disappears into the role. I wouldn't be surprised if he wins an Oscar for this, he's *that* good. It's also nice to see Reese Witherspoon in a role that doesn't require her to be a spritely romantic comedy queen like she usually is. I think that this movie really uses the actors' true abilities to show that they are more than just cute faces. It's also a testimony to how Hollywood can occasionally do something memorable that doesn't have to be just vapid filler. This is one of those rare movies that you'll be talking to your friends about - it's also a truly special portrait of the South, which isn't idyllic at all. Disturbing but great movie.
Maybe I’m just overly fond of my days as an English major, but the story that kept traversing in and out of my mind while watching Jeff Nichols’s brilliant new film, Mud, was the beacon of American literature known as Huckleberry Finn.
Yes, I know: Mud has nothing to do with racism, the Civil War, or Reconstruction. Heck, I don’t think I even recall a single black character in the entire movie. But it does tell the fluid tale of a boy (in this case, two boys) adrift on a boat with a fugitive in the South.
The two boys at the center of the story (from whose perspective almost all of the movie is told) are just seeking out some fun on what they think is an abandoned river island. Turns out the island is inhabited by a man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey, in a near tour de force) who committed a crime to save the woman he loves. Her name is Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) and she is, according to Mud, “like a dream you don’t wanna wake up from.”
The story goes into more crevices and corners than can be justly counted in a movie review, but suffice is to say this is a portrait of America that few films dare to offer in the modern day: gritty, ugly, violent, and full of an almost perverse kind of beauty. As for McConaughey, this is easily his best work to date and should win him new hordes of fans who were previously dismissive of his acting chops (i.e. your truly).
One of the season’s best.
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