Hello from snowy Sundance! Once I got settled in to Park City (and stopped by the Howl red carpet to chat with Jon Hamm and James Franco), it was time to start the screenings. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing my thoughts about the movies I check out, giving you guys a preview of the films that may go on to be the blockbusters (or bombs!) of the future. First on the list is Get Low.
- Who's behind it? Directed by Aaron Schneider, the film stars Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, and Sissy Spacek.
- What's it about? Felix Bush has been living in an isolated cabin in the woods of Tennessee for 40 years. Blocking out the 1930s society around him, his only interactions are with the boys who dare trespass on his territory, hoping for a glimpse of a local legend. The stories of Felix's eccentricities grow right along with his long white beard, and the hermit adds fuel to the fire when he makes an appearance in town. Felix asks a local funeral director to arrange a "funeral party" for him as a means to gather all the locals to share their respective stories about him. Here's the twist: Felix wants to schedule the party before he dies so that he can actually attend.
To see my verdict on the film, just read more.
- What did I think? When you put veterans like Murray, Spacek, and Duvall in a movie together, stellar performances are pretty much guaranteed. Duvall is particularly impressive as wacky old Felix, especially when his complexities slowly begin to unravel. I was also pleasantly surprised with Lucas Black, who held his own among Hollywood's heavy hitters.
The plot itself was a bit slow and dragging at times, but it has enough charm to keep it afloat, and ends on a sad yet satisfying note. The movie is worthy of a pickup, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the little film fly under the radar and disappear into the background either.