When golf pro Jerry loses his job and decides to help fight an uncontrolled forest fire near their home, his wife Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and son Joe (Ed Oxenbould) are left to fend for themselves in Wildfire – Paul Dano’s first film as director.
From director/co-writer Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) comes the new filmMudbound, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Set against the backdrop of the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow era after World War II, Mudbound is both a timeless and timely film following two families – one black, one white – bound together by the hardships of farm life. Starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks and Garrett Hedlund.
I had much the same reaction to The Great Gatsby that I had to Les Miserables – I could probably enumerate a ton of flaws, but I just don’t care because the overall experience is spectacular.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s slim novel presented cool characters with understandable motivations and simultaneously captured the essence of an era – the 1920s. It was a tale of love vs. reality with a central character who could be hopelessly corrupt and a shining beacon of hope at the same time.