I received a copy of this a few months back at the beginning of awards season and haven’t had an excuse to talk about it here until now, given that it comes out today on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and is probably available in those red box stands that are everywhere.
Robert Duvall stars as Felix Bush, a hermit living a quiet life with his mule on his 300-acre farm in 1930s America. Bush has a reputation in the area — everyone knows a story about him. None of the stories are good and few are likely true. The only person who will come to his defense is Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek), a former flame.
One day Bush comes to town to put his final affairs in order. When the local reverend (Gerald McRaney) doesn’t oblige him, he turns to Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), the town’s undertaker.
Bush wants a funeral, but he wants it while he’s still alive so he can hear what everyone has to say about him. It’s an unusual request, but Quinn will do anything to get at that big wad of cash Bush carries around. Stuck in the middle of these two strong personalities is Quinn’s assistant, Buddy (Lucas Black).
As the project progresses, it becomes clear that this isn’t really about what the people think of Bush. The old man has his own story that he needs to get off his chest.
“Get Low” is a slow-paced, simple fable that showcases fine performances by Duvall, Murray, Spacek and Black. Duvall shines as the gruff hermit who’s trying to find peace in his last days. Murray is delightful in a low-key performance as the somewhat questionable but not totally sleazy undertaker.
“Get Low” is the opposite of flashy but it’s an interesting character study.