Film4: PREMIERE Tuesday 20 October, 9pm
Arkansas riverboat brats Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland discover fugitive Matthew McConaughey hiding out on a Mississippi mudflat island, like a refugee from a Mark Twain story. Even though bounty hunters are on the case, nothing much seems to be at stake, an impression reinforced by ‘true love’ Reese Witherspoon’s apparent indifference.
After the rigours of Take Shelter, writer-director Jeff Nichols takes a breather. “Take Shelter was a very serious, austere, dark side of my personality,” said Nichols. “Mud is a little more adventurous.” Well, that’s his view and he wrote the thing.
It’s diverting enough – although far too long for such a slender story – but still a disappointment coming after Michael Shannon’s deep-seated travails in Take Shelter. As a story from the perspective of children, it also suffers in comparison to The Kings of Summer.