After Take Shelter, i was really looking forward to Jeff Nichols next feature and i'm pleased to say Mud didn't disappoint. Reminiscent of Stand By Me crossed with Huckleberry Finn and Winter's Bone, at heart, its a coming of age tale. Not only for the child characters, Ellis and Neckbone but also McConaughey's character, Mud. McConaughey plays his role to perfection and theres excellent performances throughout from a strong cast. The ending, whilst entertaining, is a touch over the top though.