Just a quick one here.
***1/2 out of 5.
A winning period indie that is far from perfect dramatically but is so lovingly crafted and acted that one is left with a feeling of spiritual nourishment. At times it reminded me of "throwback" indies like Richard Pearce's 1979 HEARTLAND, with Conchata Ferrell and Rip Torn. The lack of a budget doesn't deter it from recreating the period atmosphere appropriately and accurately. But the most discussed aspect of the film will be Robert Duvall; and while I worried at first that it would be a "here's my Oscar scene!" type of hammy performance, my fears were, pardon the expression, laid to rest. He's dynamite -- moving, believable, capturing the menacing mystery of his character while (rarely) overplaying it. Bill Murray lends terrific support, adding some needed wry humor to the story, as the shyster-ish undertaker desperate for a sale. Lucas Black doesn't quite have the chops or charisma to keep up with Duvall and Murray, though he tries. It's also great to see Sissy Spacek given some real work again. There are moments where the drama flags a bit, and where it threatens to turn into a softer Made-for-TV movie, but first time feature director Aaron Schneider and scribes Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell veer the wagon back on the road. It's in some ways an old-fashioned fable but that is perhaps part of the charm of Get Low. Like its main character it is imperfect but ultimately you want to be in its company.