Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Get Low

"A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive. "

We saw this at the Movie Experience in Temecula last night. Beautiful looking, the art direction and cinematography are wonderful. Even if the rest of the movie stunk I would have enjoyed watching the shadows, the light and the gorgeous shots of the Georgia countryside where the film was shot.

Robert Duvall is excellent, but then he's played a similar part before. Stern, silent, withdrawn and mysterious his
story unfolds a millimeter at a time. He's riveting on the screen as always. 

Sissy Spacek is shot with full turkey neck, crows feet and the other gifts of aging. Her upturned nose hasn't sagged a millimeter and I thought she looked as beautiful as ever. Her character was a bit underdeveloped, but her performance was good. 

Bill Murray was perfect. They wrote great lines for him and he plays perfectly the almost-honest shyster, operating just on the edge of larceny. 

It's surprising to me that lines sneak into period movies that simply weren't expressions used at that time - doesn't somebody check out that stuff? A black preacher (the excellent actor -Bill Cobbs) states, "I'm outta here." 
I think he also said, "Isn't going to happen." These aren't expression used in the 30's and they stick out of the dialogue like a sore thumb - or am I wrong? There were a few others as well. 

There were a few disconnects in the story....the editing could have been better, but it was overall well paced. 

Well worth the $7.50 each, we thoroughly enjoyed the film.


  1. Is it still there? We've been hungering for a good movie lately. I hadn't heard about this one. Maybe Nancy has.

  2. Anonymous11:58 AM

    the movie sounds interesting. did it really stink? sounds like you enjoyed it anyway. think i'll wait and rent it from netflix. i love that i can look at movies on my ipad now. i've seen some weird ones lately. one a danish film about a divorced man who is talked into marrying a chinese illegal immigrant and they end up falling in love.
    a mongolian film about a woman trying to replace her crippled husband with an able bodied one, but he would have to take on the 1st husband too.
    what would i do without netflix!

  3. Hi. No - the movie didn't stink - it was quite good. Your netflix choices sound good. How do you like the ipad? Are you reading on it?