Grunt’s Sunday Night Movie Micro-Review – Mud

Matthew McConaughey got a lot of positive attention for his solid acting in this slow-paced, Mississippi River story about two boys meeting a mysterious stranger who makes their lives very complicated – and exciting – for a while.  I won’t deny that, because he really is the “heart and soul” of this movie, as one reviewer put it.  But what really knocked me off my feet was the acting chops of young Tye Sheridan.  Wow.  Just wow.  You need to see this movie.  Even though it was popular at Cannes, which ordinarily disqualifies a film in my book; just see the movie.

The only real criticism I read about this, aside from it not being a big budget, polished Hollywood production, was that it was too long and slow-paced.  But it seems to me that you have to be just a little retarded, as a movie critic, to watch a movie about two boys on the Mississippi River, with a screenplay practically written by Mark twain, and criticize it for being too slow-paced.  That’s like complaining about a photo of Kelly Brook in a magazine and saying they should have photoshopped it to shorten it up, because her legs are too long.  That just isn’t done.  If you’re feeling impatient before you start this film.  Have a little whiskey.  Then have some more as you watch.  That’s what it’s for.


About GruntOfMonteCristo

Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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3 Responses to Grunt’s Sunday Night Movie Micro-Review – Mud

  1. ZurichMike says:

    Thanks for the review. I had not heard of this movie before and did a bit of research. It has received critical acclaim, too, and even at Rotten Tomatoes it has a stellar ranking of 98%.

    • Well, since it was shown at Cannes, it might be fairly available in Europe, but I don’t really know. Do you have rental services in Switzerland that offer a decent selection of American movies? Or do they just offer the really popular ones?

      On another subject, did you ever see that George Clooney movie, The American, ZMike? It came out in 2010. I don’t usually care for Clooney, but this one was interesting. Almost the whole movie was shot in Castel del Monte in Italy. It was interesting.

      • ZurichMike says:

        I am not a big movie goer lately — it’s all so expensive and generally so mediocre. I generally catch up on movies on long-haul fights. I had heard of the George Clooney movie, but have not seen it. Most people download movies from their cable provider — it’s quite easy to do and not very expensive. However, we don’t watch much TV at home (actually, almost never), so we’ve never tried. Our TV is now about 10 years old, and with DVD player and all, it’s ready for the museum. LOL!

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