9. Mudbound (movie)
Premiere date: Nov. 17, 2017
What Mudbound is about: The period drama Mudbound is based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. The story is set during World War II, in the rural part of the south. Audiences follow two families who share a farmland, but are often pitted against one another. The McAllan family is a white household, portrayed by Jason Clarke and Carey Mulligan), while the other is a black household made up of the Jacksons (Mary J. Blige and Rob Morgan).
At the height of World War II, both families struggle to adapt and reach the American dream. It doesn’t help that one member from each family (portrayed here by Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund) are away fighting this war. When their loved ones return, the dynamic between both families changes.
Why you need to watch this: Mudbound received four Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Song, cementing Netflix’s name as a worthy contender in the most prestigious award ceremony of the year. With a glowing score of 97% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes, it’s no wonder it received so many awards and nominations.
While not as impactful or emotional as Jordan’s novel, Mudbound is worth the watch for the brilliant performances alone. The most consistent acts come from Blige, Mulligan, and Hedlund. I particularly enjoy the chemistry shared by Hedlund and Mitchell. The story also carries elements and powerful moments that are as real today as they were during World War II.