Written March 29, 2015
Two boys find a boat in a tree, meet a strange man, and life gets exciting from there on out. A Southern coming of age flick with romance, revenge, gunplay, explosions, and teen logic. Plus an actual plot and believable characters.
Written August 03, 2015
It was ok. The younger boys WERE AWESOME in it. I would not be surprised if they got academy award nominations but the movie overall was weird and not that great.
Written October 07, 2015
I thought Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland did an excellent job with this! It was so nice to see child actors that were worth watching! The story line was a little far fetched, but the accuracy in the detail of how life is on the river down south was spot on! I also liked seeing Reese Witherspoon play a washed up and used character; her roles are all too shiny usually. The only downside (and I say this with tongue in cheek) is Matthew McConaughey's need for a shower. It really was distracting how filthy he was from the start. But his intensity was refreshing after his slimy Magic Mike persona. Its worth the money and the Pg-13 rating was accurate, although I wouldn't want my daughter to see it with friends; I'd rather be the one to take her.
Written July 31, 2015
This is billed as a Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon film, but they have relatively small parts; it's really a Tye Sheridan (who plays Ellis, the boy who finds fugitive Mud) movie. I missed the first half hour or so of this movie after driving nearly a hundred miles all together to see it. Now it's in wider release than I thought it would ever be. The early bird show was crowded enough that I had to sit in the neck crane seats. There is some funny business about Matthew McConaughey's shirt, but it's mostly a story of family love and loyalty. Also see Before Midnight, even better in the same vein. By the way, the director is Mike Nichols, aka Mr. Diane Sawyer, the ABC evening news anchor, her one redeeming virtue IMHO.
Written September 03, 2015
The story is preposterous but due to several very good performances, I found myself interested nonetheless. The two boys are cute and their characters are endearing. Sam Shepard is fabulous, as always. McConaughey is mediocre (but I often feel this way about him). The film is too long -- there are scenes that seem redundant or don't add anything new to the storyline. I would not rush out to see this movie.