Get Low: Movie Review
Cast: Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Bill Murray, Sissy
Director: Aaron Schneider
Robert Duvall stars in this story spun, apparently, from folk tales.
Duvall is hermit Felix Bush who's spent 40 years living deep in the woods
away from those nearby in mid-America.
Rumours swirl about him, the "weirdo in the woods", such as how many people
he's killed - but no-one really knows much about his life or who he is.
One day, he heads into town to arrange his own funeral with Bill Murray's
Frank Quinn (the local undertaker) - but with the proviso that anyone who
attends has to bring a story about Bush.
Quinn, along with protégé Buddy (Lucas Black), pulls together the event - but
it takes an unusual turn, as a long-standing mystery rises to the surface...
Get Low is not speedy cinema - it's blessed with some very, very dry humour
and a stunning performance from Duvall, but it's slow to engage your
The mystery of why Bush made a hermit of himself propels the narrative along
but by the time the revelation comes to light in the final act, it's lacking the
commensurate punch that it needs. That's not to detract from Duvall's delivery
of the truth, which is mesmerising, but you'd be hard-pressed not to join the
dots of clues scattered throughout.
Unfortunately, what it means is that you feel slightly let down at the end -
and while Get Low is blessed with great performances from Duvall, Murray and
Black, it's not likely to endear you with its - at times - snail-like pace.