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The film, and by extension Rees, is fidgety as far as placing such a dynamic in focus, almost as if she's unwilling to lean towards one clear idea of what their races mean for one another, toward any answer for the question her film poses.
Rees uses voice-overs to bring the many characters to life, but the text is thin; the movie's exposition is needlessly slow and stepwise, and the drama, though affecting, is literal and oversimplified.
Mudbound typifies a new kind of unpleasant entertainment based on social-justice homilies. . .But Mudbound becomes tiresome from its opening scene. . .[It] lacks the authenticity and justification of genuine folk art.
The hidden passions, rancid hatreds and thunderstorms make for a memorable movie about the wastefulness of prejudice and the value of friendship. It goes back into the past to tell us some important things here in the present.
Both women stand out as the film's shining stars: Mulligan for portraying Laura with a romanticism that makes her subjugation even more painful, while Blige instills a hope and strength in Florence in much the same way her music has done for women.
Mudbound makes its point by taking its time. You have to be patient with it. There's no drama in Mudbound. This is no 12 Years A Slave or Django Unchained. This is a quiet depiction of family life, about daily endurance and survival.
What this film says about race cannot be confined to one character or perspective. It seems to adhere to a novelistic approach, speaking through a collection of voices gleaned from two families' viewpoints in a larger diagram.