Mudbound, A Story Of An Unlikely Friendship

 

Release date: November 17, 2017

Director: Dee Rees

Screenplay: Dee Rees, Virgil Williams

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige

 

The McAllan family is working-class, raising their family on a Mississippi farm. The Jackson family are sharecroppers, raising their family in Mississippi. In the middle of the families’ struggles to get ahead, a brother from one and a son from another, return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund is tormented by his thoughts of warfare. Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) returns from war to battle racism in the Jim Crow South.

 

Dee Rees and Virgil Williams did an astounding job turning Hillary Jordan’s novel into a film that is sure to win audiences over. Mudbound will invoke emotion in the viewer.

 

After the McAllan family was swindled out of the purchase of a new home, they were forced to return to the land they had been trying to get away from. The Jackson family lives and works on the land, fighting to survive. Both are operating in a toxic practice that uses black and whites to profit from hate.

 

Ronsel Jackson is played by Jason Mitchell. The actor who portrayed Eazy E in “Straight Out of Compton.” Ronsel, a sergeant who returns from World War II and wrestles with the terror of being a free man in Europe but has no rights for the nation that he fought on the battlefield for selflessly.

 

Garrett Hedlund plays the role of airborne Captain Jamie McAllan. McAllan, who before the war was the ever so charming ladies man. Now struggles with the horrific memories he witnessed up in the skies.

 

Ronsel and Jamie come together with this common bond in  PTSD. Their friendship is an opposite perfect connection to status, mental health, and racial division for that era.

 

I said it once already, but this film will stir some emotions. Dee Rees did a wonderful job making one feel both families level of poverty, their struggles to get ahead, and what life was like for that period. This sure to be award-winning film hits Netflix on November 17th.

 

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