“Mud” a rare sort of men’s-lib film

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Thoroughly Unexpected…Mud

 Celebrate the Masculine. It’s the rare film out of Hollywood, these days at least, that can be said to showcase Masculinity positively, much less Boyhood as old-school rough & tumble, no ADHD meds in sight. Not since 1986’s Stand By Me can I recollect a tribute such as I witnessed a few nights ago in 2012’s Mud, with Matthew McConaughey in the title role. It was full of pleasant surprises which I can’t wait to enumerate.

Spoiler Alert and a Warning. There are giveaways in this overview though it primarily discusses Thematic elements rather than the nitty-gritty of plot-points. The “warning” is for movie viewers of the Men’s Rights persuasion: there’s blatant chivalrous behavior (a.k.a. white-knighting or “traditional masculinity”) exhibited within the film by both generations of the movie’s male leads and this is not presented as something to get past, over, or cured of.

Only one negative. Typically I can find several flaws – in anything – but this time I found only one. [PDF of full essay here: Thoroughly Unexpected_Mud] [YouTube version here.]

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Categories: Diversity, Economics, Essays, Men's Rights, Movies, Political Correctness, Writing | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on ““Mud” a rare sort of men’s-lib film

  1. Good review Patrice. One of those instances where you know that if you give a good cast material that’s worthy of their efforts, then they’re going to go to town with it and give you the best that they are humanly capable of.

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