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Dec272017

Mudbound- review

 

“Mudbound” (2017)

Directed by Dee Rees

Starring Garrett Hedlund,  Carey Mulligan,  Jason Clarke

Running Time 134 Minutes, Rated R.

4 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

 

Dee Rees (HBO’s “Bessie”) adapts Hilary Jordan’s 2008 novel “Mudbound” to the screen with a painful beauty that resonates with a human’s good heart.  Taking place right before, during, and after WW2, “Mudbound” tells the story of two rural Mississippi families; the McAllans, a white family who own the farming land and the Jacksons, a black family who are sharecroppers on it.  Three members from each family act as narrators giving the audience an excellent widescope and poetic insight on the inner workings of the class structure in a Jim Crow South that is way too slow to accept the black man who died for our country in war as an equal man to any white man, especially those who stayed home.

 

We see the post trauma of war on a son who served from each family.  Garrett Hedlund impressed me the most as Jamie McAllan, a dashing ladies man who comes back unable to cope giving into the bottle but finds purpose giving friendship to Ronsell Jackson (Jason Mitchell) who loathes coming back to a country that doesn’t treat blacks nearly as well as they do in Europe.  Carey Mulligan is impressive as ever as a dissatisfied wife to landowner Henry (Jason Clarke) and Mary J. Blige turns in a wonderfully subtle performance as Ronsel’s mother Florence.

As these reflective period dramas do, you can’t help but properly feel outraged at the racial injustice, and director Dee Rees definitely hits that home but also finds the heart of those who carry on in such upbringing and ignorance.  You can see the end coming, but that doesn’t make it sting any less.  Netflix has a contender with “Mudhound”.

Colossians 3:13

 

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