The Movie Snob takes a little trip on the mighty Mississip.
Mud (B). When a movie gets a 98% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I figure there must be something to it. This is writer-director Jeff Nichols’s third film, but the first I have seen, and I was duly impressed. It’s about a couple of 14-year-old boys living in a small Arkansas town on the Mississippi River. They’ve heard a rumor about a boat stuck up in a tree on some small island in the River, but when they go to claim it they discover that somebody is actually living in it—a scruffy vagabond who identifies himself only as Mud (Matthew McConaughey, Bernie). Mud tells them some of his story, and they agree to help him lie low and carry out some other plans he has. Is he telling them the truth? Is he dangerous? Who’s looking for him and why? Part suspense movie, part coming-of-age tale, this is a solid film featuring outstanding performances by McConaughey and the two youngsters. Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases) plays a decidedly unglamorous gal by the name of Juniper. None other than Joe Don Baker of Mitchell fame also shows up in a small role. I thought the final act got a little unbelievable, but all in all I enjoyed this movie.