2012, 130 mins., written and directed by Jeff Nichols.
Inspired by Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, director Nichols effectively uses the Mississippi River and Arkansas milieu to tell the story of 14-year old-Ellis (played by Tye Sheridan) and his sidekick Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) who encounter a mysterious stranger named Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey) on an island. Mud is hoping to reunite with his love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Bounty hunters are on his trail, as Mud was involved in the murder of Juniper’s ex-lover. The two boys help Mud with food, provisions, and parts to restore a boat, and also act as go-betweens carrying messages to and from Juniper. Director Nichols has a deft ear for Southern dialog in this story about a teenager’s understanding of love and his growing pains. Extremely well casted film, also starring Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, and Michael Shannon in supporting roles. See the record for Mud.
Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection. The opinions expressed are his alone.