Everything there is to say has been said about this film.
Look out for a memorable scene between Lon and his grandfather when they go to the cinema. We see them singing along to My Darling Clementine together. It's a scene of pure joy, simple yet so touching. You could find something to praise in every scene of the movie.
To be watched again and again.
Eventually the fit will hit the shan, but Hud is played by Paul Newman in his prime. All is forgiven. He so purty.
A weak link in the story is that were only given vague reasons as to why is father has treated him so poorly all his life. Obviously the treatment by his father has helped shape the lonely bitter man that Hud is. But I would have liked a bit more detail about why there is so much bitterness there. The story appears to have a black and white picture of values vs. no values. However I fail to accept that. Even though Hud is largely unlikeable, he is not totally wrong. It's not a good vs. evil world we live in. It never has been and it never will be. While some morals are important to decent living, I sure wouldn't let my life sink solely because of principals.
An interesting character is the hero worshiping nephew Lou Bannon who is constantly at battle with what he desires to become in the future. Obviously Hud is going to appeal to someone of Lou's age group. But Lou has enough self-awareness at his age to know that carelessness and cynical-ism is not a good way to go through life. Usually though it takes some tough learning experiences for us to finally understand what is important in life.
The film isn't build on plot twists, and you will probably see how this will end up far before it's actually conclusion. But it's still an interesting look at the changing of the times and how dangerous a broken father/son relationship can be. It's a shame that Newman wasn't able to home the best actor award though because this is one of his top 5 performances.