September 12, 2010

Get Low - 2010

Director: Aaron Schneider
Writers: Chris Provenzano & C. Gaby Mitchell
Starring: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek

"I want everyone to come who's got a story to tell about me." Based on a true story from 1938, the elderly Felix Bush (Duvall) goes to funeral director Frank Quinn (Murray) in search of a pre-death funeral party to hear the stories that townsfolk tell about him.

The movie's got a rather simple plot, but it's entertaining from beginning to end. Duvall gives an Oscar-worthy monologue at the film's end, and Murray has never made a bad film aside from Garfield. The movie also stays surprisingly upbeat, despite focusing on a man about to die. For the first real film project from the director and writers, it's nothing short of superb. My only complaint was the first scene of the film, which wasn't explained until the last 15 minutes of the 100 minute film, and (I think) should have been removed altogether. That's all I have to say about that. A

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