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Academy Award® winner Robert Duvall (1984, Best Actor, Tender Mercies) is Felix Bush, the “Hermit of Caleb County,” a man so haunted by his secrets that he has lived in quiet desolation in the Tennessee backwoods for over 40 years. Realizing that he is near his own mortality, Bush decides to have a “living funeral party,” inviting people to tell their stories about him. Enlisting the help of Frank Quinn(Golden Globe® winner Bill Murray, 2004, Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Lost in Translation) and Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black, Legion), Bush goes through a process of self-discovery, allowing him to deal with his past secrets, including ones involving old flame (and new widow) Mattie (Academy Award®winner Sissy Spacek, 1980, Best Actress, Coal Miner's Daughter).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 141
- Fresh: 119
- Rotten: 22
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It affords Duvall a terrific role, harking back to his screen debut as one of literature's great loners, Boo Radley.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: It's Duvall, spooky, sly, and sad, who makes all the props and the plot twists seem real.
Rotten: Basically, it's Hollywood slush dressed up as American Gothic.
This is a mature story with mature characters. Lucas Black shines. He should be working a lot more than he is. Duvall is, of course, brilliant. Bill Murray does well as the semi-untrusted snake oil salesman. The whole movie is subtle. With all the overstimulation in Hollywood these days, it may take some getting used to for those who see a lot of movies. Get your mind right by expecting to watch a good tale and then get it.
This is a truly beautiful film, and I love it.
You know how people like to throw out 5 Star "reviews" left and right around here? (Same with the 1 Star "reviews", too). It gives me pleasure to award 5 Stars to something when it deserves nothing less. In this case, "Get Low", is a 5 Star picture.
You'll need to make up your own mind and assign your own Stars, but to me films like this one aren't showing up that often any longer. I'm not exactly sure why that is, but I think money is probably to blame. Not that this film cost a fortune to make, because it probably didn't compared to today's average "blockbuster". No, I think the so called experts think films like this have a limited audience, and it probably does. True or not, I would simply tell the experts, "Don't underestimate your audience". In this case, any perceived "limitation" is a strength. "Get Low" is powerful film making, because it's just so good.
Those who don't get it, don't get it. But those who DO boy, they know what a treat story telling like this is. Especially in these times.
I don't want to be too mystical about this, but I think that people who are predisposed to the highest qualities in entertainment will discover this film and enjoy it throughout the years for what it is. (How do you like that, experts?).
The folks who brought this film to life (the REAL "Experts") should be recognized for their hard work, dedication and perseverance. I understand that it took quite a few years and some luck to get this one made at all. So, good one, people. I feel that "Get Low" is a great contribution to the Art of film making.
A Cinematic Gem
A quiet yet fully realized story of secrets and redemption. Duvall, Spacek and Murray shine. Lukas Black, a fairly unknown actor holds his own and then some against the greats. The look and tone of the movie draws you in. The music and score are second to none. How this movie and actors were not acknowledged this awards season is a true shame. Rent or buy, then tell a friend to do the same.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2010
- © 2010 Get Low Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.