Mud (2012)

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Long, slow, somewhat dull film with a wonky, questionable plot that sort of picks up in the second act only to  fall on its face with a rather bizarre ending that seems like something out of another movie. And what terrible dialogue. It feels so written and fake, as though it were lifted straight from the novel I imagine it was taken from. Is this an adaptation? I don’t know. It’s certainly quite a clunky one if it is, and definitely not worthy of all the hype it’s getting. Not by a long shot.

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The film isn’t a complete disaster though; the cinematography is nice, the acting is decent to good, especially from the lead boy who isn’t the greatest actor ever but has a promising future if he keeps at it, and the plot, once it kicks in, is decent to interesting. Nothing spectacular mind you, but tolerable in its own small, insignificant way. Matthew McConaughey is okay here; not his greatest performance, but not his worst either. He’s charming and charismatic, but not as much as he should be. I don’t know how to describe it exactly. It just seems like there’s a block hanging over his performance here, like he’s trying to achieve greatness, or even just emotional believability, but something is holding him back, that something being the director probably considering every other performance in the film suffers from the same problem. The characters don’t seem quite there emotionally, I don’t know. It’s hard to describe. And Reese Witherspoon is in this? Where did she come from?

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Overall, not an awful film, despite my complaints, but not nearly as great as I’d heard it would be. It’s long and drags way too much, especially in the first act, the performances aren’t as good as they should be, the story is kind of stupid, and the ending with the whole **SPOILERS** action scene shootout **END SPOILERS** felt like something out of a completely different movie. And then there’s the ridiculous final scene. So dumb. Yeah okay, I get it, we **SPOILERS** needed a happy ending, **END SPOILERS** okay. But that’s what it’s going to be, really? How did that even happen exactly?

Anyway, okay film, nothing special. Overrated, definitely.

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