Critic Consensus: Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.
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Critic Reviews for Mudbound
Rees has a firm hand and a clear vision that gives Mudbound a balanced coherence that keeps you involved.
Rees notably avoids the blinkered perspective such traditional stories often have; in doing so, she captures the racism of the period in ways both routine and heartbreaking.
"Mudbound" sometimes falls prey to the obvious. Still, the performances convey a persuasive subtlety that the script itself doesn't always possess.
Based on Hillary Jordan's novel, Mudbound -- co-adapted on the page by Rees and Virgil Williams -- is emotive but unsentimental: Traversing it feels as authentically gunky as the muddy swamps in which it is set.
The movie, like the book, takes a long, hard look at the system of racial inequality that defined this time and place, and reminds viewers of the price to be paid for surrendering to our base instincts.
Audience Reviews for Mudbound
There is some really outstanding acting basically by the entire cast in this racism drama about the bond between a white farmers family and their black worker neighbors. Things never get too sentimental, but rather realistic, keeping a subtle approach to the themes up until the horrible climax of the film. Even after that it doesn't lose its glimpse of hope. A moving and touching film that has some important points to make, even about today.
Dee Rees should receive a lot of high praise as the film doesn't wallow too much in misery nor become unrealistically sentimental, both of which would have been easy with the material. Also, the transitions between the different character perspectives are seamless.
The incredibly good word about Mudbound is what piqued my interest, as it usually does... and I'm so glad I decided to look into it. Set in the rural south before, during, and after World War II, Mudbound follows two families; one black and one white, both of whom send a young member of each respective family off to fight in the war. When they return, they're changed men. Despite their differences in color and social status, the two hit it off and bond over the same struggles they endured during their time away from home. The two boys are played by Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell, both who turn in knockout performances. Other members of the families are played by a wide cast of consistently great performances including Carey Mulligan, Jonathan Banks, Jason Clarke, and Mary J. Blige. The humanity and genuine qualities of these characters make it impossible not to be invested in them, and the ending is simply glorious. It was produced by Netflix, who is rapidly proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with throughout the film industry. Mudbound has everything going for it: story, directing, acting, and cinematography. It's one of the most complete packages of 2017 and will surely make an appearance at the Oscars.
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