Psst! Don’t tell any contrarian film critics. But Get Low so far is scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. (UPDATE: IndieWIRE’s CriticWIRE is tougher: B-.)
The premiere is Tuesday night; I’m going to see it again because I haven’t seen it since Toronto last fall. This afternoon I flip-cammed Robert Duvall and producer Dean Zanuck (son of Richard, grandson of Darryl). Bill Murray, who is hilarious as an undertaker in the film, didn’t show up for press day. I want to see how the movie plays at the Academy. It should be a soft lob down the middle for Oscar voters.
Here’s Joe Leydon’s Variety review:
With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, “Get Low” casts a well-nigh irresistible spell while spinning a Depression-era folk tale from the Tennessee backwoods. Robert Duvall compellingly underplays the larger-than-life lead role of Felix Bush, a notorious hermit who rejoins society only to plan his own funeral party, and he’s backed by smartly cast supporting players who clearly savor the twofer of portraying vividly drawn characters opposite a consummate thesp. Appreciative reviews and savvy marketing could attract adult ticketbuyers, especially if this polished indie production emerges as a high-profile specialty release.
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