Netflix has released the first official trailer for Mudbound, Dee Rees’ film festival standout that has picked up some serious buzz over the last handful of months. The film stars Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell as two World War II veterans returning home to their upended families and a struggling South that has just as big of a fight as abroad.
I was blown away by this trailer. From the beginning I was sucked in and interested in the story being told. As the footage rolls on, excerpts of critics thoughts fade into the screen and they couldn’t have hit home more. I truly looks like an epic and powerful film. I love the tone the director is engaging us in and I really appreciate how he is holding nothing back when it comes to this story. When it comes to this time era, the story has to be told a certain way and Dee Rees looks to have accomplished that completely. I simply cannot wait to see this film. It could end up being Netflix’s first big Oscar draw.
Check out the first official trailer below and after doing so, let me know what you think in the comments. Is it a film you’ll be watching? Are you hoping for a theatrical release? Rees’ Mudbound will be released on Netflix on November 17th and stars Garret Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.
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.