'Mudbound' Is So Much More Than a War Film About Race

Inglorious Basterds is all about killing Nazis. Dunkirk questions what it means to be a hero. Many historical war films have been produced and justifiably revered, but none feel quite as relevant as Mudbound. While Netflix’s new film, out November 17, is set in the American South following World War II, it is resolutely universal in its tone and message. By following two families in rural Mississippi, one white and one black, Mudbound uncovers issues of prejudice and racism that unfortunately remain all too current. Co-writers Virgil Williams and Dee Rees (who also directs) force viewers to reflect on not just the effects of war, but how the war within ourselves and between neighbors has plagued and continues to plague society.

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