Review: Mudbound

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Source: HeyUGuys

Upon a canvas of torment, sweat and unstoppable commitment to ones’ family, ‘Mudbound’ is an epic that presents a current of conflict, duty and emotion. The story flows naturally, a sophisticated and respectful exploration of a small but symbolic snapshot in American history, addressing a key theme of obligation, not just in the social sense of race relations, but to ones’ country and family. Utilising revealing narration, writer-director Dee Rees enables the perspectives of differing classes to feel authentic, grounded and intense. From both sides of the conflict, this storyteller recognises their views on land, it’s people and it’s history, capturing the moments that define their journey. The sweeping scope is carefully woven together, not telling two stories intertwining, but one of America. The final third is hurt somewhat by some stereotypical character developments, as well as predictable, superficial PTSD discussions, but the spectacular performances keep the film insightful and tense. As family and social conflict escalates, the ending amounts to an emotional knockout, an incredible climax that fully justifies the often slow set-up. The final scene being reflective, promoting hope and love in a undeniable, heartfelt, and, most importantly, mature manner. 4.5/5

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