Saturday, August 7, 2010

Reviews from the Pad: Get Low...

... is a character piece staring Robert Duvall as an aged Hermit of 40 years (a man also of much local speculation as to why), in the southern US during the early 1900s who, upon hearing of an acquaintance's death, decides he wants to have a funeral before he dies so he can attend for reasons which become more apparent as the film goes on. Primarily co-starring Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black as his long lost ex, the local funeral home owner, and the owner's assistant respectively, Get Low's solid cast delivers a film which balances the drama and combination of Dark and Light comedy found in the script extremely well. It's a pretty good film although a bit heavy handed in tipping plot points ahead of time and the roles are the kinds of things we've seen Duvall, Spacek, and Murray do before. Thing is, they do them so well at this point you won't care about that.

If you're in the mood for a lighthearted yet occasionally somber drama, then this should be on your list of films to catch this week.

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