Mudbound (2017)

“No, I don’t have favorites. I love them all equally. Every mother does. ” – Florence

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After returning from fighting in World war II, two young men must deal with the way of life in the South eventhough, they both have witnessed the progression of the world during their tours of duty abroad.

My Take on it – This is a film that tries to tackle the injustices of the racism South during the 1940’s, despite it being 80 years since the end of the Civil War.

The characters are all great here because they each represent different parts of the whole that makes up the South yet each have different views on everything that is happening around them in the ever changing world.

Despite the fact that many men of their community have been sent off to fight a war for freedom, they don’t seem to notice the prejudice and racism that still occurs in their own back yard and instead choose to ignore it.

Loved the way that they show what kind of effect war has on people no matter their color or creed, because as the saying goes… War IS Hell and it’s easier to confide in others who must deal with similar problems.

The cast of this film is superb and they all do wonderful jobs showing us the true makeup of the people of the South at that time.

This film has a pretty slow pace, yet it still manages to show that if you wait through it, the payoff will definitely be worth it!

Bottom Line – Great film because it gets so much right along the way. The rampant racism of the South continues to haunt so many despite the fact that the men of the South were sent off to fight in a war for freedom.  The cast is superb and all are quite memorable here. The slow pace of the film can be a bit annoying at first, but the payoff is there when it moves along. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Dee Rees shared photographs from the film’s era with Carey Mulligan as part of her preparation, and she was drawn to a particular one of a woman with a really short fringe (bangs) who looked so awkward to her, which she thought reflected her character Laura. Thus, she cut her hair in a similar style for the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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7 thoughts on “Mudbound (2017)

  1. Thought this film was very good as well. I saw it on a TV screen – and wished I had been able to see it on a movie screen. I was told the impressive cinematography really shined when on a big screen. The story was very good – generational and touched on many important topics of the time (some still relevant today). To that point – it was a large sprawling story of 2 families – and as I was watching it (with its multiple narrators etc.) I kept thinking that it was too big for a movie – and might’ve worked even better as a limited series – with more time to tell some of the chapters that I wanted to see in more detail. There were also elements of the plot that went exactly where I expected them to go – and I found the very end a bit confusing in what did (or didn’t) happen to one character. I’ll say no more as a spoiler – but assume you might know what I mean. Lastly – I agree that the performances were uniformly terrific across the board, but I still fail to get the hype (and singling out) of Mary J. Blige’s work as award worthy. Didn’t hit me that way. Solid – but nothing that leapt out at me. Also – it’s tough to give a great performance when the “eyes are the window to the soul” and most of her acting is done with her character wearing sunglasses.


    • I guess the dark glasses didn’t hurt after all. Blige was nominated. And kudos to Rachel Morrison, 1st woman EVER nominated for a Best Cinematography Oscar.


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