MUDBOUND — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

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“Mudbound” is a drama that takes place just after WWII, on a cotton farm in Mississippi. It’s based on the novel written by Hillary Jordan with themes of poverty, racism, violence and a divided America. It stars Jason Clarke as Nate and his wife. Laura, is played by Carey Mulligan. They are landowners. Mary J. Blige stars as Florence their neighbor and sharecropper; she’s married to a sharecropper Hap, played by Rob Morgan. Continue reading…

The sons of both families played by Garret Hedlund and Jason Mitchell served in the war and return only to find bigotry and hatred all enforced by the Ku Klux Klan.

Let’s take a listen: A storekeeper asks, “How long have you been back from overseas? Hedlund replies, “Just a couple of weeks.” (A loud noise causes flashbacks of the war to enter Hedlund’s mind.) Mitchell says, “It’s alright it’s just a car, it must have backfired.”

Here’s Another Clip: Rob Morgan (Hap) says, “This place, this law, we don’t belong to them. Carey Mulligan (Laura) says, “When I think of the farm, I think of mud incrusted in our knees and hair.”

The Bottom-Line: I’m in. Four stars out of Four

This is one of the best films of 2017! I felt like I was watching a literary masterpiece projected on the big screen due to the outstanding script.

It’s based on the history of our country and the cruelties of what people had to endure and shows the bravery of the heroic people that stood up to racism.

Under stellar direction by Dee Rees, we can’t help but empathize with the hardships of the characters.

This is Sarah Knight Adamson signing off for Hollywood 360 Radio Network.

“Mudbound” air date December 2, 2017

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Sarah Knight Adamson

Chicago-based Sarah Knight Adamson is the film critic for the Internationally syndicated radio show Hollywood 360, broadcast on over 90 stations. She has served on film panels for the Chicago Public Library, been a juror at film festivals, and writes about film for Naperville Magazine. She is founder and publisher of Sarah’s Backstage Pass website, where her written work appears.