So I realized something. I may not be writing as many reviews as I normally do, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still reviewing. I’m going to post videos of my review show, Appropriate Audiences, which I both produce and host so you all can finally get some reviews again. Hope you enjoy.
I haven’t been posting.
I just haven’t been able to go to the movies lately.
I’ll start doing some throwback Thursday reviews.
Thank you so much for sticking with me and still following me.
My mom really only likes comedies and romantic movies but I wanted to go see Mud and to get her out of the house so she surprisingly agreed to come with me.
Mud stars Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon but the movie really revolves around two young boys who find the fugitive Mud, played by Matthew McConaughey and agree to help him connect with the love of his life, Juniper, played by Reese Witherspoon.
I went into the film assuming the movie was about Mud but it is so much more. It’s about the time when children learn that love is not all they think it is as the main little boy’s parents go through a separation, he gets his heartbroken by a girl at school, and even Mud and Juniper’s relationship isn’t all it seems. It’s that moment when you’re a kid and you realize everything Disney has told you about love is much more complicated.
I thought that was an absolutely brilliant lesson and the way it was delivered through the boy willing to do anything to help Mud because Mud is in love. Mud’s love is so important to the boy because then his definition of love isn’t completely destroyed. However, all of the events with Mud force the boy to reevaluate what love actually is and be okay with this change.
The best friend to the boy is brilliant by his willingness to stick by his friend through everything and really shows what it means to be a best friend. The writer/director Jeff Nichols did a wonderful job showing how children will help someone in need regardless of circumstance. Children do not judge. If someone needs help then they help. I loved the innocence and the spirit the two boys had.
Michael Shannon was incredible as always as the best friend’s uncle. He could have easily been absent and uncaring as an uncle who was stuck with his brother’s kid but instead he compassionate. watchful, and an incredible guardian. Not to mention, his constant innovation to make diving for clams easier was just awesome and showed how unassumingly smart he is.
The cast was perfect and the characters were incredibly complex and well-rounded. It was refreshing to have a story full of characters that could totally exist in the real world.
If you ever get the chance in the future, go see this movie. Seriously. Although it’s a small, indie film, it’s one of the best ones that have come out this summer. And my mom loved (and she never likes anything like this).
I know it’s been a while since I last wrote a review but I’ve been busy with summer class. BUT that’s finally over, so in the next few days I’ll have reviews about Mud, Monster’s University, and Man of Steel. My Man of Steel review will be short since it’s been so heavily reviewed.
Go watch Pitch Perfect. It’s a really funny movie with the always perfect Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson. The film was written by Kay Cannon, who does a brilliant job showing ladies can be funny and they don’t need men to do so. Obviously there are men in the film, the rival acapella group for the Bellas but they are not what the film is about. Pitch Perfect joins the ranks of films that are feminist in a positive and empowering way.