First of all I would like to apologize for not writing in my film blog since like September. I guess I have been just too busy living life, traveling the world, going to school and finding new adventures. But now that I am back in the saddle again, I am ready to start writing more in my film blog. I want this blog to show the beauty of cinema. My very first post was how I was going to review the filmography of all of my favorite directors, but no one really sits down and watches every Martin Scorsese movie in a row to review them (As much as I would love to though). I want to be more active in this blog so sometimes I'll break down scenes from movies or even review movies in theatre's. Maybe I will make videos someday. I want this blog to be a collection of my notes and thoughts. Movies are about watching them with your friends and family, going to the cinema on a friday night and eating a jumbo sized bucket of popcorn. Since my last post in September, I have watched over 300 films and have gone off to film school in Los Angeles for a month. I am also working on a short film called "Sunday's With Paris", a coming of age story about a college radio host who weigh's the pro's and con's of adulthood. But yeah, as you can see I want to work and do something with movies for my career, whether as a director, producer, owning my chain of movie theatre's or working at a movie studio or even doing marketing/advertising for films and studios. Hell, being an agent would be cool too, but we all know it isnt easy like Ari Gold makes it in Entourage. Anyway, I just wanted to clarify all of that with everyone before I get all crazy in this post.
Here we go!
Mud, directed by Jeff Nichols starring Matthew McConaughey opposite Reese Witherspoon is a coming of age story about a young boy named Ellis who slowly learns how hard love can be and what love is. If you take away the hillbilliness, the southern accents, the guns and the manliness in this film you can see the underlying main message is how love is real. That is the main message of the film but the main problem is that people choose to reject love because we are afraid or we are looking out what is best for us. But, through the eyes of a 14 year old boy, we believe that love is real because that is what he believes despite his mom leaving his dad, a older girl leading him on and blowing him off and Mud's girlfriend always ditching him! I normally hate kids in movies... but this kid was unreal. Tye Sheridan did a great job and I hope to see him in more movies in the future.
Three Quick Notes
1. The cinematography was beautiful. All the shots on the boat and the scenery of the wild life was extraordinary.
2. The story line was great. It was like experiencing a modern day telling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
3. Matthew McConaughey didnt carry the whole movie! Tye Sheridan made you forget about Mud. Oh and yeah, Reese Witherspoon plays one hot honky tonky southern girl with a lot of baggage on her.
This scene critical to the whole entire movie because we, the audience already knows that he has lied about a lot of stuff already. That he has been just using these kids to get free. We think we know that is what is going on. Everyone is thinking wow this guy is a dirt bag loser bum hillbilly. Ellis has been the only one who has seen good in him during the entire movie up until this point. For the whole movie, Ellis has tried to see the good in him but now in this scene, the audience and Ellis both know that he is truly just a scum bag. This is a scene where the audience and character finally connects with each other and we both are now on the same page. Now, what happens next is Ellis runs away and falls into a creek full of cotton mouth snakes and gets bitten. Neckbone tells Mud and you know what Mud does, he saves Ellis! He risks being caught by the authorities or bounty hunters that are after him by rushing him to the hospital. Wow, Mud was really the guy that Ellis saw. He isnt a scum. He actually is a good person. We were all wrong about Mud after all! Side note, he kind of reminds me of Boo Radley or Huck Finn or that angry old man across the street in Home Alone. But yes! Mud is a good person and he does what is truly right in this world and sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing. There arent too many people out there like that. He would rather be in hiding his whole life so Juniper could be safe and free all because he loves her. Ellis saw the good in someone that most people couldnt see the good in. That is hard for people do these days, because it is hard to find empathy, to walk in someone else's shoes.
I really enjoyed the overlying theme in the movie that true love does exist, but we always choose to reject it and the fact that as we grow older we some times forget about what the powers of love actually hold. It was really cool watching this story unfold through the eyes of a younger kid as he realizes this. Plus, who wouldnt want to hang out with Matthew McConaughey?