MUDBOUND (rees, 2017) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’ll admit, I’ve been sleeping on this for a bit too long. I find it really difficult to watch Netflix films as soon as they come out (which is stupid, because they’re literally right there), which I think is because they’ll be there forever but cinema experiences are more time-pressured and ephemeral. I also feel like Netflix somewhat buried the release of this, which is a shame because it is damn good and has a few deserved Oscar noms to back that up. Anyway, a Netflix rant is not what’s on the agenda here…😩
Mudbound is a performance film, a screenplay film, and an exquisitely made film. It is an ensemble film about life in America after war, with a rich tapestry of themes including racism, trauma, love and family. It is focused on building characters around these themes and less focused on narrative, which makes the final act of the film a huge gut-punch. The ensemble of performances from people like Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and the Oscar nominated Mary J. Blige are fantastic and thoroughly indebted to their characters, who are supported by the screenplay.
The film is also beautifully made by Dee Rees. A lot of credit has to go to cinematographer Rachel Morrison for her work on this. She is of course the first woman cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar for her work on this (and also did the cinematography for Black Panther, which is HUGE). Her work is STUNNING, and probably deserved to be seen on the big screen. As the title suggests, there’s a lot of mud in this film, but it isn’t at all dull to watch or to look at.
If you’ve not checked this one out yet, I highly recommend hopping to it soon - but beware, it is extremely heavy.
What’s your favourite Netflix Original (TV or movie) so far? I think mine might be Okja or season one of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but I really need to watch some more 👩🏻💻 have a great week! 💖
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