Mudbound ★★★½

Pretty sure this is an alternate Great Gatsby universe where Daisy winds up with Wilson.


Immediate and constant pressure and suspense, all amounting to...well, still not really sure. The entire cast delivers fantastic performances, complete with inaudible Southern muttering at times. The racial tensions are intentional and poignant, but end there. It ignites the hatred for despicable actions and the history we have, but sheds little on a new perspective or solution. Its content doesn’t demand the length given, and the multi-narrative approach makes it muddled. 

The setting and period does evoke a smidge more sympathy, and the contrast of being a liberator to being a captive is a fun concept (only lightly toyed with). To put it simply, I wanted more from what was offered.