May 4th, 2013 at 10:51 am by under A Look at the Movies

3 Stars

Rated PG-132 hours 5 minutes

Mattew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard

What do you say to a dark, brooding coming of age thriller, set along the Mississippi river?

“Mud” may strike you as a moody, modern day version of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” with the way the lives of two boys intersect with a mysterious fugitive by the name of “Mud”.

The roving camera deepens the atmosphere of this strange tale of father and son bonding.

Matthew McConoughey heads the strong cast of colorful characters that deliver powerful performances.

McConoughey may be a father figure to the impressionable children, but to his own Father, Sam Shepard, he’s a dismal disappointment.

The children serve as the go-between, linking “Mud” with his soul-mate, Reese Witherspoon.

Witherspoon probably jumped at the chance to play this small but effecting role. It’s one of the best parts she has had in years.

“Mud” is an edgy thriller that will play exceptionally well with serious moviegoers.

Any film this well made is bound to stir up enough accolades for a crowd pleasing three stars.

The big difference between the Independently made “Mud” and some predictable studio production, “Mud” will constantly keep you off-balance.

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