A slow burn with a stellar cast that depicts life of two boys living in the Mississippi River and how they discover a boat lodged up a tree in a desolate island that they happily claimed as their’s however, there is someone else who has been living inside it. Enter, Mud (Matthew McConnahey) a “drifter” in need of help. As soon as they decide to help him, that’s when it gets complicated as we learn more about Mud, his past and the story gets interesting and exciting. This movie is more about relationships with family, friends, and even touches first love. It never dragged due to the beautiful scenery and camera angles featuring Mississippi - even in its poorest areas, it still comes out as gorgeous on film. The dialogue works well. The emotions feel genuine and the actions real and engaging. It’s not about the plot but more about the characters and their choices and second chances in life that makes this movie great.