November 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm #1202414356
I think out of all the movies in contention to get 2 supporting actor nominations (Three Billboards, The Shape of Water, CMBYN) this would be the most deserving. At the same time, is also say it’s the least likely. I want Mitchell and Hedlund to both get nominations. Hedlund would be a worthy winner in lead or supporting.November 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm #1202414442
-The lead up. The climax is strongly written and directed and is hinted at from the very start of the film. In this regard the script is impeccable.
-Characters. For an ensemble film, we see an awful lot of intense individual characterization. Normally this wouldn’t happen to this extent. Each character is richly written and portrayed. Mulligan gives the best performance imo, but Blige is pretty good also. The film makes an effort to do the characters justice and adapt them to film with nuances from the book.
-Universal. While it might be set in a very particular moment in history, it can still appeal to anyone. With a lot of African-American films, writers/directors can make it too specific. Rees doesn’t focus solely on the African-American experience, making it universal. You could change the races, language and setting, and still have the same film.
-Subtle. It never really shouts out it’s message which frequently happens in these kind of films. It takes it’s time setting up the film and characters, and doesn’t go all out in the war scenes, which most directors would be inclined to do.
-Abrupt. Sometimes we are suddenly onto the next scene without any explanation of how we got there. For example when Henry and Laura suddenly buy the farm after being swindled we see no real transition, progression or train of thought from the characters. We don’t see what happens to Henry and Laura either, their storyline is abruptly cut short. And the whole movie in the second half turns into the Ronsel and Jamie Show. We don’t really see much in the way of their views on the situation between the two families, which was the whole point of the first half of the film.November 18, 2017 at 10:36 pm #1202414715
If this wasn’t from Netflix I would predict it getting nominated for:
Supporting Actor (Mitchell)
Supporting Actress (Blige)
Since it is from Netflix I still see it getting nominated in:
Supporting Actress (Blige)
Original SongNovember 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm #1202414761
This is definitely getting an Ensemble nod at SAG.November 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm #1202414766
I have a gut feeling that this is winning SAGNovember 18, 2017 at 11:05 pm #1202414772
A mixed race cast won last year, I think the same will happen this year. Plus SAG doesn’t have any Netflix bias.November 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm #1202414780
I admired Mudbound greatly, but I just can’t get excited by Blige for Best Supporting Actress. She is OK.
I just kept thinking during the candy bar scene, wouldn’t Viola Davis done so much more with this rare tender moment?
I was confident during the sequence where Florence comforts the grieving Laura that Whoopi Goldberg could have brought an additional depth that addressed the irony of the situation of a sharecropper comforting a white land owner.
I get chills thinking of how Mo’Nique would have brought conflicting emotions to Florence’s declaration that she was not working for them but rather for her family.
I appreciate pop stars who seek to branch out into another art form. But just like Harry Styles in Dunkirk, I just can’t help but be reminded that a trained actor can do it better.November 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm #1202415263
This was very well done, and maybe one of the best examples I’ve seen in recent years of an evenly balanced ensemble film that fully fleshes out every main character and allows them time to shine. It sleekly builds toward a crushing climax, and I think even some of the open-ended threads get a satisfactory conclusion by the end of the film. My MVP is Hedlund, with Mitchell right behind him. The two of them were just great and their chemistry really pushed the back half of the film. Mulligan was also really good, better than Blige who has surprisingly got the bulk of the buzz. This is the kind of film ripe for SAG Ensemble recognition, and I fully expect a nomination. The Netflix bias will of course hurt the film at the Oscars unless the Academy allows Netflix to break through with a worthy film, but that being said, I still think a Picture nomination is plausible. At the very least, a slot in Adapted Screenplay seems very likely and well deserved. A great watch that rides on the back of a strong script and an immaculate ensemble.November 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm #1202415312
I have to agree with everyone else. May J Blige is good but I think Carey Mulligan was better. Actually out of that family the actor who played the father was my favorite.November 19, 2017 at 4:44 pm #1202415352
I’d nominate Mulligan, Hedlund, Morgan and Mitchell beforew Blige.November 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm #1202417401
This was a great, powerful film! I would nominate it in the following categories:
Best Supporting Actor (Garrett Hedlund)
Best Supporting Actor (Jason Mitchell)
Best Supporting Actor (Rob Morgan)
Best Supporting Actress (Carey Mulligan)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Sound MixingNovember 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm #1202417481
My two cents on this masterpiece…
Dee Rees, I bow down to you.
Rees, the remarkable filmmaker (and, if there’s any justice in this world, 2017 Oscar nominee), who previously wowed us with Pariah and Bessie, is operating on a George Stevens/William Wyler-level with her latest effort, a film adaptation of the 2008 Hillary Jordan novel Mudbound. This is a true epic, grand visually and in its storytelling, and perhaps the year’s best film.
The picture, an ensemble drama of the highest caliber, follows two Mississippi families, one white and one black, sharing delta farmland during and after World War II.
Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan) comes from a well-off Tennessee family and isn’t entirely at ease on the farmland. She has a halfhearted marriage to Henry (Jason Clarke), whose dreams of running a prosperous farm brought the couple down south, and really has more of a kinship with Henry’s dashing brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund), who is serving overseas as a flight captain. Laura and Henry have two daughters.
Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan) has for years worked the land as a tenant farmer and dreams of someday owning it. The Jacksons and McAllans are drawn together by several events, including Hap’s wife Florence (Mary J. Blige) tending to the McAllans’ daughters when they become ill and the Jacksons’ need for some help when Hap sustains an injury. The Jackson’s eldest son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) is serving abroad as a sergeant.
Upon their returns home, Jamie and Ronsel form an bond that hardly rubs the town racists in the right way. Jamie is anguished by wartime memories, while Ronsel is quickly reminded of the lack of freedoms he has at home, vis a vis Europe. Pappy (Jonathan Banks), the widowed McAllan patriarch and a vicious racist, seems to be looking for any excuse to bring an end to this friendship.
Mudbound is an absorbing piece from start to finish, masterfully written by Rees and Virgil Williams, and sporting some of the finest, most unaffected acting you’ll see all year. Mulligan has never been better and Blige, Hedlund, Mitchell and Morgan are revelations in their respective roles – all would be richly deserving of Oscar nominations. Kudos too to Rachel Morrison, whose cinematography here is downright breathtaking.
This is a picture that deserves to be placed among the likes of The Best Years of Our Lives and From Here to Eternity as one of the all-time great World War II dramas.
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A beautifully made film with a great ensemble. Best in show for me were Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, and Jonathan Banks. The writing I liked initially, but the isolated thoughts in each characters heads were something I didn’t needed, but I appreciate as a choice. The final 20 minutes were devastating and rushed. I think more time was needed to fully get the impact of what happened and how it affected both families. The direction and cinematography are the real story here. The good sis Dee and Rachel DID THAT! Incredible range both of these women posses with the films under their belts.
Netflix is going to breakthrough beyond the docs sooner rather than later, so them old heauxs in the academy need to get with the times. While I didn’t really think much of Beasts of No Nation beyond the incredible lead (Ghana represent!), this is totally in their wheelhouse. A period film about racism. Chile, Oscar bait! I think at the very least it’s in for picture and adapted screenplay.November 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm #1202419784
I finally saw it and what an achievement! Netflix should really push it for Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and, of course, acting.
I’m not surprised it is already winning awards for its ensemble. Mulligan, Blige, Hedlund, Mitchell, Morgan would all be deserving nominees. Fingers crossed that they won’t split votes too much and the movie will have one cast member nominated in both supporting categories.
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