Posted On 23.09.2020
Review: ‘Mudbound’ Is a Racial Epic Tuned to Black Lives, and White Guilt
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Dee Rees’s heartbreaking historical drama Mudbound takes its central motif from its name. Mud is literally everywhere, heavy mud from unending rain that clings to people’s skin and clothing and buildings and never seems to wash away.
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The Jim Crow south remains a hotbed of persecution and hatred, and it transpires that the McAllans find themselves split between the attitudes of Henry’s hardcore racist pappy (Jonathan Banks) and a desire to transcend this antiquated and evil system of oppression. The Jackson clan do their best to keep their heads down. They make sure that their cordial relationship with the McAllans never develops into something that may eventually cause them harm.
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As soon as the McAllans make their move, World War II breaks out and Jamie sets off for Europe as part of the Air Force. Separately, the Jacksons’ eldest son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) also takes up arms, joining a tank battalion. While the war is ongoing, Henry struggles to make his dreams of owning a lucrative farm come true, while Hap and his family struggle to save enough money to buy land of their own. Eventually, both Jamie and Ronsel return home very different men, and they find the deep South stewing with anti-black sentiment.
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“Mudbound” is beautiful, complex and flawless, regardless of who made it. That it happens to come from a queer black woman is both significant and irrelevant: Brilliance is brilliance, no matter its packaging. But given Hollywood’s exclusive (and potentially abusive) power structure, some brilliance must fight harder than others to be heard, and we may never know what less-hardy voices have been silenced through the years by harassment and discrimination.
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But we have the “Mudbound” we have, and it really is something — a vividly acted, dramatically rich depiction, harsh and beautiful, of life and death in 1940s Mississippi, following two families of intertwined destinies.
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Hillary Jordanin romaaniin perustuva Mudbound on toisen maailmansodan jälkeiseen aikaan sijoittuva melodraama kahdesta miehestä, jotka palaavat sotatantereelta rasististen Jim Crow -lakien Mississippiin.
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The film finds ways to make the squalid cinematic and beautiful in its own way. All of the performances are rich and impressive, with Mitchell and Mulligan proving themselves standouts, as they both give us different examples of their barely contained rage over being forced to live in such unjust times. The fact that Ronsel gets a taste of what it’s like to be free and equal while stationed in Europe (even getting involved with a white woman for many weeks before being shipped out) doesn’t help his sense of frustration upon returning home.
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I hate the phrase “instant classic.” For starters—hello?!—oxymoron. Also, only history can decide if something will or won’t be a classic. And yet, something about Dee Rees’ epic Mudbound is so elemental, so deeply humane, so steeped in the soil and sins of the South, that it already feels like a work of great American cinema.