Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, Mud follows two young boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) who encounter a fugitive named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Explaining that he killed a man in Texas, that vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him and that he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who is waiting for him in town, the boys form a pact to help Mud evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
You would think this is all about Matthew McConaughey, who gives a good performance, but it is Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland who hold the film up. These two young actors are excellent and the coming-of-age story centred around them is what makes this drama so engaging. Their characters are developed incredibly well and a number of relationships are explored around them, making this heartfelt and honest, yet completely original and authentic in its delivery.
Mud was released on DVD on 2nd September.