Every January celebrities flock to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. A-Lister’s enjoy premium ski slopes,the finest hot chocolate and some major movie watching, while the rest of us commoners eagerly await news of what the next “big movie” will be. Sundance traditionally introduces hot new indie film makers, along with potential Oscar contenders for the following year. Only time will tell if Mud will live up to being a buzzed about film.
Mud stars Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive in hiding, looking to reunite with his long lost love, played by Reese Witherspoon. Along the way he befriends two 14-year-old boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) who are forced to decide if they should help their new “friend” or turn him in.
Mud looks like an uncharacteristically somber movie for both McConaughey and Witherspoon, I would expect a romcom before a drama from the two of them. Major props to the actors for branching out, Mud looks thrilling, intriguing, and definitely worth seeing. McConaughey continues proving the broad spectrum of his acting abilities, going from stripper in Magic Mike, to Southern fugitive in Mud, and then an AIDS stricken cowboy in Dallas Buyers Club. Sounds like Matthew’s been a busy man and shows no signs of slowing.
While we’ll have to wait months to actually see the movies talked about at Sundance, we’re at least getting some trailers to tide us over. Here’s the first look at Jeff Nichol’s Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.