It feels weird to say it but some of the best movies of the last year or so have featured M0atthew McConaughey. He has re-invented himself by choosing challenging roles in some terrific movies.
He was sensational last year in "Killer Joe" as a depraved Dallas cop. In "Mud" his character is just as mysterious and far more sympathetic.
Two boys played terrifically by Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland find a guy who calls himself "Mud" (McConaughey) living alone on an island. He says he's waiting for a long-lost love, played by Reese Witherspoon in a small but crucial role. So the boys take it on themselves to help the couple reunite.
But they soon learn Mud has been hiding something.
The movie written and directed by Jeff Nichols takes time to develop characters we can invest in, and the secrets revealed deal some hard emotional blows. It shows us that some feelings in relationships between fathers and sons or boys and girls don't change much with age.
"Mud" is an excellent, engrossing drama that sneaks up on you.
It's a quietly powerful movie in the midst of the summer movie season noise.
EPPLER'S RATING: * * * * 1/2
Out of five stars