Saturday, September 4, 2010

Movie Review: "Get Low"

5. "Get Low" is a character sketch and as such, did well to cast two actors who are the embodiment of characters: Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.

4. Duvall plays crotchety recluse Felix Bush, and man who wants Murray's funeral director Frank Quinn, to throw him the biggest funeral in Tennessee history -- while he's still alive.

3. This sounds like a zany setup, but instead but becomes a study of a man's mettle -- the darkness in Bush's soul, the tension between greed and survival inside Quinn and a meditation on the nature of forgiveness and redemption.

2. "Get Low" also benefits from the sublime efforts of supporting cast, including Sissy Spacek as Quinn's jilted former lover, Lucas Black as Quinn's earnest apprentice, Gerald McRaney's local preacher, Bill Cobb as Bush's last -- and perhaps only -- friend in this world and a terrific soundtrack of 1930s period music.

1. Duvall, though, is the centerpiece and delivers one of the finest performances in a career studded with all-star appearances.
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"Get Low"
Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Rated PG-13
Genre: Drama
Director: Aaron Schneider
Cast: Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs
Finney's Flicks Grade: A

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