I am inexplicably drawn to the plot of Mud: a fugitive on the run befriends a fourteen year-old boy who helps him escape the authorities and bounty hunters in order to return to the love of his life. It doesn’t sound all too imaginative. It’s not especially inspiring. It sounds pretty run of the mill, actually. But for some reason, I am enthralled.
Matthew McConaughey will play Mud, the man on the run from all things good and evil, with the simple wish of drinking in the splendor of love once more. Playing Ellis, Mud’s teenaged confidante, is The Tree of Life‘s Tye Sheridan. And, finally, as the sought-after leading lady: Reese Witherspoon.
So WHAT IS IT that makes this movie so… invigorating? Is it the blunt simplicity of the title? The mismatched pair of conman and middle schooler? Is it the Witherspoon? COULD IT BE THE WITHERSPOON? Probably. Everytime I think of Reese Witherspoon, I think of this. And that just makes my day.