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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Report Card---"Mud"

"Mud" is a much, much better version of "Labor Day".
A criminal on the run with people(in this case, kids) who believe in him.
There was certainly no reason to make both movies.
There was really no reason to make either movie.
Even though "Mud" was much better than "Labor Day', that's like saying it was the smarter bear in the zoo.
If you call a movie "Mud", you kind of expect there to be a whole lot of mud in it.
Actually, it's Matthew McConnaughey's name in the movie.
Yet, there also is a whole lot of mud in this movie.  
 As I've said, this is McConnaughey's year to be in every movie.
They probably tried to get McConnaughey for "Labor Day", and he probably read it, saw that there was no place for him to take off his shirt, so he passed on it.
So they got Josh Brolin.

On to the scoring: 

Is it interesting?

Fairly interesting.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?

It's still the same old story....

Is it good storytelling?

Good enough

Is it well written?

No memorable dialogue.

Is it well cast? Well played?, Well shot?

McConnaughey is very good.  I kind of understand why everybody wants him, aside from the shirt issue.  It's well shot.

Is it too long? Too short?

Length is not a problem.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and yes.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I'm not really ahead of it.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I barely remembered that I saw it.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not mine.

Is it impressive ?


Overall grade: C+.

Just a way to fill two hours.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."