Matthew McConaughey turns in a brilliant performance as a mysterious fugitive hiding out in the Mississippi who forms a bond with two teenage boys in director Jeff Nichols’ coming-of-age drama ‘Mud’.
One day while out exploring a swamp islet near their Arkansas home 14-year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) stumble upon a boat stuck up in a tree which turns out to be the refuge of outlaw Mud (McConaughey) who claims to be hiding from bounty hunters while trying to meet up with his girlfriend Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) in the nearby town so they can make a clean getaway together.
It isn’t long before the two boys agree to help their new friend reunite with Juniper and escape from his pursuers even as danger never lurks too far away.
‘Mud’ has an old-fashioned feel to it which brings to mind classic adventure yarns like ‘Huckleberry Finn’, but there is also a poignant element running through it as Ellis tries to deal with his parents’ troubled marriage and his attraction to an older girl at school.
In the charismatic Mud he finds a kindred spirit and father figure.
As well as being a spirited adventure tale ‘Mud’ also works as a fine character study and proves that Nichols is a director to watch.
The Source Film Club will screen ‘Mud’ at at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, November 20th at 8pm. Tickets are priced at €9 (€7 concession & €5 for Film Club members). Call the box office on 0504-90204 or visit thesourceartscentre.ie.