Reporting Julie Fisk
There are a couple of interesting movies opening up this weekend.
First we have Robert DeNiro in “The Big Wedding.” A family gathers for a wedding and a giant lie is revealed.
This is one of those movies where they just cram a ton of famous people into the line-up. You’ve got De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl and it keeps going. “The Big Wedding” is different though because it’s rated R, so there are nonstop sexual references and raunchy discussions. I don’t know WHO they’re targeting. My mother-in-law would love it, for a minute and then all the nudity and bad language would kick in and she’d bolt for the door. “The Big Wedding” is gorgeous to look at and the stars are enjoyable enough to keep it afloat but I have to give it a C- for being sophomoric and predictable.
Also out this week is “Mud,” starring Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive who stays hidden with the help of two young boys.
We’ve heard a great deal about “Mud” due to Reese Witherspoon’s arrest last weekend. She plays Mud’s estranged girlfriend Juniper, but Witherspoon’s performance is not what you’ll take away from this movie. She does a fine job and so does McConaughey, who keeps proving that it’s time to take him seriously as an actor. The people who make the biggest difference in “Mud” are its two young protagonists, Ellis & Neckbone played by Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland.
Like a modern day Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, they take the insanity that surrounds them and simplify it in a way that only kids can. Director Jeff Nichols might have bitten off more than he can chew as far as the story line goes, but the heart and soul of these two young actors bring it all into focus and they’re the main reason I’m giving “Mud” an A-.