WYSHW: Get Low
Bill Murray. C’mon, what else do you need to see this movie?
Really though, Get Low (2009) is a little sleeper film that’s worth a peek. Based in 1930’s Tennessee, story is about a hermit named Felix Bush (played by Robert Duvall), who through the years has been the subject of many a urban legend, tall tale, and ghost story. Finally Felix decides to rid himself of his burdens, wishing to throw himself a grand funeral party while he’s still alive.
Funeral director Frank Quinn (Murray), tempted by Felix’s hermit-wad-o’-cash, takes the task upon himself to solicit guests, opening old wounds. The result is this bittersweet drama about love, loss, guilt and redemption – but really it’s not as grandiose as it sounds. Get Low kind of like Big Fish, minus the magical realism and father-son dynamic – just simple, sadish truths about misconception and people, that’s all. And it’s not at all drab, either – it’s actually quite funny and undoubtedly charming.
Sweet, sad, and incredibly over-looked – three things that make Get Low perfect What You Should Have Watched material.
Next time on What You Should Have Watched, Sean Penn gets weird.