THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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MUDBOUND (2017)


Set on an isolated farm in the Mississippi Delta at the end of World War II, the movie (like the novel it was based on) looks at the complicated relations between two families.  Henry (Jason Clarke) owns the land and lives on the farm with wife Laura (Carey Mulligan), their two daughters and his father (Jonathan Banks). The black sharecroppers, Hap and wife Florence (Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige), who live and work on it.  Both families have relatives fighting in World War II.  When Henry’s brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) returns when the war ends, his experience returning is a whole lot different then the also-returning Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) in the segregated and very much racist South.  Working on the farm isn’t exactly a dream for everyone – it rains ALL the time, it seems - and while Jamie and Ronsel become good friends, almost everyone around them wants to see Ronsel kept in his place – until a forgotten photograph becomes a catalyst for all kinds of trouble.  Mudbound features a whole lot of mud, wonderful camerawork and performances.  Mary J. Blige is almost unrecognizable as the sharecropper’s wife Florence, emitting strength when the family – well, actually, when both families need it.  She’s up for both Best Supporting Actress AND Best Song, a combination that’s never occurred in the history of the Oscars.  Mudbound is available on Netflix.


TLA one word review: harsh