Two teenage boys living on the banks of a river in Arkansas come to meet a strange man living in a boat on an uninhabited island. They learn that he is a fugitive, having killed a man that hurt the girl he has loved since a young age. Since he cannot show himself in town, the boys agree to help him get in touch with her and other necessities.
The cast is almost all white and portrays strong classical virtues in a modern form. Matthew McConaughey´s character Mud is a highly self-sufficient man willing to sacrifice everything for his woman, even to his own demise. As Ellis, one of the boys, witnesses this and is also himself let down by a girl of his own, his belief in true love is challenged.
The movie is well done, with convincing acting and an overall theme that binds it all together, both graphically and story-wise. In one regard, it shows the struggle of chivalry and honour in the modern world. Another take on the story is how the men of the movie come to grips with the difference between man and woman. Mud, Ellis and Ellis’s father, all struggles with their relationships, clinging to a romantic or idealistic view of what love should be. Although the ladies might be seen to betray or fail the men simply due to egoism, their behaviour perhaps also reveals a more realistic view of women actually need from a relationship.
This is a timeless struggle of man trying to understand woman. Although we love them, we will probably never quite understand them.
Stanza 84 of Havamal in the poetic Edda:
A man shall trust not | the oath of a maid,
Nor the word a woman speaks;
For their hearts on a whirling | wheel were fashioned,
And fickle their breasts were formed.
Last updated on Wednesday, February 17, 2016