Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke
Director: Dee Rees
Runtime: 2 hours, 14 minutes
Based on the novel by Hillary Jordan
Drama | Novel Based | 2017
Oscar nominated movies are known to all have one thing in common, a very sad and controversial story that most likely is based off something that actually happened. In this case, Mudbound is based off a novel by Hillary Jordan, and it throws every single possible hardship at you.
There’s racism and segregation. That right there will put a film in the light of the Oscar nominating panel (or whatever their true titles are). Then you have the war, with PTSD soldiers that are home. And then there an unhappy wife that may or may not commit adultery. Along with the loss of a child, the KKK, pathetic drunks, and everything else. It’s like the writer just wanted to throw everything on the screen to see what stuck. Honestly, the storyline worked and flowed pretty well.
With the exception of it be completely boring and way too long, the character’s interactions and relationships with each other were just perfect and the things that happened were also perfectly timed.
Garrett Hedlund plays Jamie, a World War II veteran that comes to Mississippi to live with his family. Henry McAllan (Jason Clarke) and Laura (Carey Mulligan) live on a fam in MS with blacks tending their fields and helping their families during the times of major racism and total segregation. Jonathan Banks plays Pappy, the biggest racist on the screen, the character you begin to hate by the time the movie is over.
The acting was good in this film I think. I honestly didn’t even recognize Carey Mulligan or Mary J. Blige (who is up for an Oscar for this film). Blige plays Florence, the mother and wife to the black family that’s tending the farm.
Even though it’s not normal for me to do this… I’m going to give this film a “liked it” rating. I thought the acting was good, the plot was good, and there was enough tension between the characters that it wasn’t horrible to watch like some other films we’ve seen: it was well written. I’m not sure if Mary J Blige will be the winner of the Oscar, because she didn’t really stand out to me. But I bet this film will win one of the nominations it’s up for.
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