Get Low (2010)
Critic Consensus: Subtle to a fault, this perfectly cast ensemble drama is lifted by typically sharp performances from Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.
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as Felix "Bush" Breazeale
as Frank Quinn
as Mattie Darrow
as Rev. Gus Horton
as Rev. Charlie Jackson
as WKNG Announcer
as Mr. Feldman
as Bush's Mule
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Critic Reviews for Get Low
That the finale ends up being trite is a shame, but the long, gentle jaunt to arrive there is a pleasurable one.
The creaky foreshadowing is a big problem, and the movie runs in place for most of its second half, though Duvall manages to pull it back on track with his climactic soliloquy, which sobers and silences the carnivalesque funeral party.
It contains yet another pitch-perfect performance by Robert Duvall, who has given more great performances over the age of 60 than any actor, probably ever.
Audience Reviews for Get Low
Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek team up to produce one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Robert Duvall is Felix Bush who is a hermit who has kept himself locked away in his own cabin away from anybody for forty years. Getting on in life he wants to hold a funeral party before he attends, and anyone who has a story about him is invited. But he has a story to tell. A very moving story with the secrets of the south. I knew 3 minutes into this movie that it was filmed in Georgia. Oh how I miss the South. 5 stars
This is another linear story with unexceptional plot, only acceptable because of a sterling leading man and stellar supporting cast. This is a story of a recluse deep in the woods, who holds a title of infamy amongst the people of the nearby town as a murderer, rogue, and rapscallion. None of the stories concerning him are revealed, so we're under the impression that these people fear little and are accountable for their own biased remarks of his character. This is the first in a long string of flaws the film exemplifies with no aforethought. Yes, the quirky story is worth exploring, especially since it's based off of actual fact, but the way everything is executed varies in effectiveness. For example, the main character of Felix Bush is obviously drawn to the newly arrived Mattie (Spacek), a figure from his distant past. Instead of this being something tender and worth giving a look of honesty and rebuilding, she's simply an old friend who blunders through dramatic stomp offs and tantrums. If it had been better thought out it could have been perfection. Murray, who portrays a slightly corrupt funeral director, is very Ebenezer Scrooge with a hint of empathy for his assistant and Bush himself. I would say Murray is trying to cultivate his indie persona already in place from Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers, but his impish charm is far more reminiscent of Stripes, and his presence is something I've never seen of him: dry. Each seasoned veteran is exceptional as usual, but the story just ruined it for me.
Great little movie. Compelling. Entertaining. What you should expect when a cast of experienced, classy actors get together to play out an interesting story. Robert Duvall excells in this, which isn't surprising.
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