Get Low – Review

Posted January 23, 2010 in
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Get Low

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Aaron Schneider

The opening shot of Oscar-winning, first-time feature director Aaron Schneider’s Get Low reveals a house bursting with fire in the middle of the night as a silhouetted individual flees covered in flames. It’s a disturbingly engaging image with no immediate explanation. Soon after, we meet Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), an old hermit with enough legends brewing around the town about him to fill volumes of books. Naturally, he’s a constant topic of discussion and ridicule. When Felix is notified of an old acquaintance’s death, he decides it’s time to “get low” (a.k.a. put his affairs in order) and host a funeral party where the entire town is invited to reiterate stories regarding the recluse. With the help of Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), a cynical funeral home owner in dire need of a client, and his assistant Buddy (Lucas Black), the group works together to put on an event worthy of the accompaniment of the preceding fables. As the wheels of progression move forward, Felix attracts the attention of a former friend, Mattie (Sissy Spacek) and is reminded of his inescapable darkened past. Duvall is sensational as the irritable loner seeking redemption for a former crime of passion, and Murray plays the sarcastic insatiable entrepreneur perfectly. The overall narrative itself is endearing, but the supposedly shocking finale comes up rather dry and insufficient. However, Schneider’s elegant 1930s tone and feel comes across beautifully in David Boyd’s rich cinematography.

–Jimmy Martin

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 Screening Times:

January 22, 2010 – 6:30pm – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

January 22, 2010 – 9:30pm – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

January 23, 2010 – 3:15pm – Eccles Theatre

January 27, 2010 – 5:15am – Racquet Club

January 30, 2010 – 6:30pm – Peery’s Egyptian Theater (Ogden)