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.