Mud

Heartbreak, a coming-of-age tale and a kid named Neckbone

The simplicity of childhood gets washed away in Mud, a Mark Twain-like boys' adventure fable. When fourteen-year-old Ellis and his best friend Neckbone (a name that never ceases to be entertaining) investigate an abandoned boat, stranded high up in a tree after a devastating flood, the boys find a mysterious drifter whose name is Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Mud's biding his time until his long lost lady love arrives in town. Though why someone would need to hide in the already sparsely populated, Arkansas river community is part of the gentle mystery the boys soon begin unravelling. Writer and director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), spins together a gripping, naked little coming-of-age film. McConaughey's dialled back performance perfectly echoes the sandy calm surroundings that envelope his emotionally wounded character. At its core, Mud's a story about boys falling in love for the first time, and all the bone-crushing heartbreak that inexplicably leads to.

About The Author

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Now Playing

Mud is not showing in any theaters in the area.

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

What others are saying

  • Poll

    Did you vote in advance polls for the 2021 federal election?

    Get more Halifax

    Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.