Thursday, March 3, 2011

Get Low (2009)

Director: Aaron Schneider. Cast: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black. 100 min. Rated PG-13. USA/Germany/Poland. Drama.

Obviously, the entire movie is carried by Duvall's genius. As one of the rare actors alive today who can make an old hermit outcast for 40 years believable, his role as a man devising a scheme to attend his own funeral party is quite engaging. The problem is, the climax is an ending speech where he reveals in public why he's been away for all these years - and the climax doesn't deliver. There were many qualms this year why Duvall wasn't nominated for an Oscar this year; but the reason is in a weak story, which weakens great performances.

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