Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Mud: Southern Gothic
Ellis is a modern day Huck Finn. He tools around the Mississippi with his friend, not on a raft, but on a beat up old motor boat. The boys don't understand much about adult life. But the cocoon of confusion is about to lift.
This coming-of-age story kicks off when they discover a rag-tag fugitive from justice named Mud (Matthew McConaughey), hiding out on a deserted island. His story captures their attention. Ellis, especially, is looking for something to believe in. He finds it here.
Mud has moments of action and the usual Hollywood stuff. But what lifts this movie above the rest is how it captures the pain and pleasures associated with growing up.