Netflix again continues to fire warning shots to Hollywood today releasing the trailer for Rees Dees Mudbound. The Post world war Two Jim Crow era drama of two families. One Black one white bound together by the hardships of farm life amongst the racism and trauma of post war.
Dees made a name for herself several years ago with the indie breakout Phariah and to a lesser extent with TV movie Bessie. Returning to critical form at Sundance Film Festival with Mudbound, a movie that was in big demand. The streaming giant coming out on top, firing a warning to the big studios there not here to showcase TV box sets. They want to bring the best in original movies to their subscribers but could it open the argument for Oscar contention too? American history is rich and diverse and this movie looks like will show off a side of that history rarely seen but must be told.
Set in the post-WWII South, Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. The film is about friendship, unacknowledged heritage and the unending struggle for and against the land. Newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis, the McAllan family is underprepared and overly hopeful for Henry’s (Jason Clarke) grandiose farming dreams. Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture, meanwhile, for Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence Jackson (Mary J. Blige), whose families have worked the land for generations, every day is a losing venture as they struggle bravely to build some small dream of their own. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) forge a fast, uneasy friendship that challenges them all.
Starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks and Garrett Hedlund.Mudbound will be released globally on Netflix on 17th November and in select cinemas the same day.