I finally watched Get Low for the first time and I’m so angry that I put if off for as long as I did. Get Low stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek, while is seemingly the only significant thing directed by cinematographer, Aaron Schneider, who blew my mind with this movie. I had to re-watch the trailer, because I went into Get Low expecting a completely different type of story. What I found was a heartfelt, completely heart-wrenching story, with subtle, perfectly-timed comedic beats often provided brilliantly by Murray.
The cast alone, warrants a viewing of the film. After watching, I realized with a script so well-written it shouldn’t be surprising that it attracted the talent it did. The least shocking aspect of the movie, unsurprisingly, was Bobby D (Duvall). In typical fashion, Duvall delivers a powerful performance without delivering much dialogue. What he’s able to do with his looks alone deserves praise. Portraying the elderly, hermit Felix Bush, Duvall often communicates more through intense grunts and belly-aching moans than through dialogue. And he’s able to do so with flying colors.
Lastly, I wanted to mention the sheer beauty of the film. Between Felix Bush’s home, the church, and his casket the character’s craftsmanship almost becomes a character in itself. The sets are so perfect and it is so incredibly shot, that by the end of the first two scenes I knew, regardless of what happened throughout the remainder of the film, I enjoyed it based on cinematography alone.
I cannot stress enough how time-worthy Get Low is. I was affected by this film in so many ways, it’s difficult to even articulate (as you can see).
How good can a trailer be? Well, this one for Fincher’s TGWTDT is amazing. I’ve been watching every morning for a week and I can’t get enough. Whether it’s because of Fincher’s gorgeous images or Reznor/Karen O’s cover of Immigrant Song, I don’t plan on stopping.