What’s it about? The film follows a charismatic fugitive named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) who’s hiding out from bounty hunters on a remote island on the Mississippi river.

Two young boys discover him living on a boat in a tree and help him on his mission to evade capture so he can finally be reunited with his true love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon).

MUD_1Verdict: Matthew McConaughey might have made his name as an actor thanks to lots of topless scenes in romantic comedies, but Mud is the latest of his independent films that have cemented his transition into a respected actor.

Yes, he does reveal his chest in this film, but it’s not just a gratuitous moment to gawp at because you find yourself more interested in what he’s saying than the fact he has skin on show.

Mud is a complex character who you don’t get to understand fully but, thanks to Matthew’s easy charm, you do trust him and find yourself rooting for him almost instantly.

The scenes with the two young boys are brilliant and it’s fair to say the young actors Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland are the true stars of the film, managing to hold their own and captivate the audience in this slow-burning tale.IMG_7996.CR2

Meanwhile Reese Witherspoon does as much as she can with such a limited character, but she is convincing enough to make sure you dislike her character’s behaviour towards Mud.

The film does run for about 20 minutes too long, but the thrilling conclusion just about makes up for it.

Extras: On the DVD, we are given a host of bonus features including a look at the making of the film through featurettes as well as commentary from director Jeff Nichols. Perfect for those with an interest in the film’s beautiful rural location.

Final words: Another great performance from Matthew McConaughey, but not quite enough to make up for the indulgent running time of the film.

Rating: 3 / 5      

Mud is available on DVD on 2 September