A POST-OSCAR MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY FIGHTS FOR WHAT’S RIGHT IN FREE STATE OF JONES
N ACTOR’S NEXT move after winning an Oscar is always fascinating. Some continue to hone their craft in a string of indies, searching for that second golden guy. Some see it as a licence to have some big-budget fun, like Nicolas Cage, who made The Rock, Con Air and Face/off after winning Best Actor for Leaving Las Vegas.
The first movie Matthew Mcconaughey signed up for, Free State Of Jones, would appear to be a bit of both. On the one hand it’s a prestige movie, written and directed by Gary Ross, the man who first brought The Hunger Games to the big screen. It tells the true-life story of Newton Knight, an ex-confederate soldier who turned against his former allies and, along with his wife Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-raw), founded a mixed-race community in Mississippi.
On the other hand, it’s also got plenty of bang for its buck. “We had a really well-told story that wasn’t a romantic look at history. It’s not a documentary,” Mcconaughey has said. “It’s a really action-packed, thrilling rebellion story.” With a summer berth in the States that suggests it could hold its own with the numerous superheroes and sequels slogging it out in the multiplexes, and an awards-worthy pedigree, Free State Of Jones could be a bit of alright alright alright. CHRIS HEWITT
FREE STATE OF JONES IS OUT