How low can you go? ‘Get Low’ raises the bar!

Posted by Jon Wiener on September 7, 2010

I don’t usually find myself drawn to period-piece films, but when Robery Duvall and Bill Murray star in one, it’s hard to pass up.  Without regard to the cast, Get Low turned out to be pretty fantastic.

Get Low is the story of Felix Bush (Duvall) who plans to throw himself a living funeral – a place for everybody that knows him to tell stories about his life.  The problem is that he’s a recluse and most people in the midwest were afraid of him.  After an employee at a local funeral home overhears Bush’s demands, he attempts to draw the business to his place of work.  His boss, Frank (Murray), welcomes the idea and the plot is officially driven!

As the story progresses, Felix’s history unravels and is ultimately revealed at the climactic party.  Most of his story revolves around Mattie (Sissy Spacek), Felix’s old flame.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I am hoping that you will find out for yourself.

The one thing that did disappoint me was the audience.  It seems as if people still see the name “Bill Murray”, and assume that the movie is a HILARIOUS comedy.  Sure, Get Low had some funny moments, but just about every time that Murray said anything, a few audience members howled with laughter.

My one complaint aside, Get Low is a beautiful film with excellent performances.  If Duvall doesn’t get an Oscar for Best Beard alone, the academy should be shut down forever.

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