Mud is a coming-of-age and an adventure about two boys (Ellis and Neckbone) who found and befriended a man hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. The two boys found the man when they discovered a boat high up in a tree on an island in the Mississippi River. The man is Mud and he killed a man in Texas and bounty hunters are coming to get him.
Mud is planning to escape and meet Juniper in Mississippi. Juniper is the love of his life and she is waiting for him in town.
Mud is a modern day Mark Twain novel about the adventures of two teenagers and wanting to escape and they have good reason to escape. Ellis’ parents are about to separate in part because the river is not as economic lifeblood it once was. Neckbone is already mostly on his own since his only family is his oyster-diving uncle.
The main characters have their own story to tell and each main character is fully developed but it took a while for the various main characters to make their moves. The movie unfolds at its own pace telling the story of each character; the slow pacing is worth it as each character has each own story to tell.
The Mississippi River landscape is stunning; the long and winding river complements the story; it is a moving story, long and winding but the river runs through every scene.
The performances are outstanding specially Mathew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan. Overall, the movie is great with great story and great performances.
It stars Mathew McConaughey as Mud, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland. Directed by Jeff Nichols.