It started as a an award-winning novel published in 2008 written by first-time author Hillary Jordan. Now, Mudbound comes to the big screen from director Dee Rees from her screenplay with collaborator Virgil Williams. The film is set in the Mississippi delta in the immediate aftermath of World War II when two returning soldiers — one white, one black — come home to face two entirely divergent narratives, both playing out from the setting of a hardscrabble farm.
The McAllans and the Jacksons both live on the hardscrabble farm, though the McAllans own it and the Jacksons are sharecroppers. Despite the differences in their status, their two sons develop a friendship born of war in a time when the Jim Crow South was festering with racial tensions. Rees explores the sometimes rocky intersections of these two families and the community in which they co-exist.
The film stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, and Mary J. Blige, among others.
Mudbound received a critics’ score of 94 on RottenTomatoes. The film runs 2 hours 14 minutes and is rated R.
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