9/06/2017

Trailer For Dee Rees' 'Mudbound' Offers A Look At Netflix's Oscar Hopeful


When Netflix picked up Dee Rees' Mudbound at Sundance earlier this year, for a hefty sum I might add, it was met with mixed emotions. While it was great the film found a home at arguably the most powerful distributor around, Netflix's track record with awards contenders isn't even spotty. It's downright bleak. Having seen Rees' incredible film myself it has especially worried me, but then a terrific trailer like this arrives and it makes me think that not even Netflix can blow this one.  This will not be another Beasts of No Nation situation.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Rob Morgan, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige and based on Hillary Jordan's novel, the film follows two Mississippi families, one white and one black, whose paths intertwine as their sons return home from WWII. Here's a synopsis:

Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm, a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family’s struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not – charming and handsome, but he is haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, now battles the prejudice in the Jim Crow South.

In my review I called Rees' work on  Mudbound  "a masterful story of racial tension, post-war resentment, and social class that should catapult her into the upper echelon of directors on such weighty material." The narrative employed by Jordan, and adapted by Rees, is complex and unforgiving. It's a must-see and hopefully Netflix does not squander this opportunity. The film debuts on November 17th.