Dee Rees’ latest feature might be the first great film of this era that ‘doesn’t take place right now’, but speaks directly to ‘right now.’
‘Mudbound’ tells the story of two families, one white, one black, both struggling to make ends meet while working the land in Mississippi, circa World War II. The film/story is structured so no one actor stands out above the rest, but everyone in cast plays the hell out of their parts. The poor whites may not be inherently racist, but they are fully aware of the benefits their skin color provides. The older black generation is proud but they know all too well the consequences of rocking the boat too hard (translation: death). The brothers who left America (Jason Mitchell is the standout if you had to pick one) see there’s another way to live, and has an understandably hard time coming ‘home’ and swallowing his pride and taking shit from the people whose lives he protected.
Really strong outing by all involved. Streaming on Netflix. Worth checking out.