Mud touches on true love, fatherhood, adolescence, friendship, and redemption. Matthew McConaughey leads a stellar cast in this complex and compelling tale of a man who risks everything for love. Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Joe Don Baker, and Jacob Lofland give wonderful performances but McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, and Tye Sheridan, in a break out role, really stand out. Lovely cinematography by Adam Stone shows both the beauty and desolation of the river and the stark reality of a small southern town. The film clocks in at 2 hours and 10 minutes, but feels shorter. The plot is unpredictable, the dialogue natural, and the acting nuanced. The one problem I have with Mud is Reese Witherspoon. I’m guessing she wanted to up her indie cred and the filmmaker wanted to use her name to garner funding for his project. Either way, she sticks out like a sore thumb. Despite Witherspoon’s presence, Mud works and serves as further proof that McConaughey can do more than play bongos.