Get Low: Weak and lifeless

A scene from Get Low – Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic

Get Low (Blu-ray) – Set in Tennessee during the 1930s, Get Low tells the story of an old, cranky hermit (played by Robert Duvall) who wants to throw a funeral for himself before he dies in order to get something off his chest. He approaches a local funeral home director (played by Bill Murray) to set it all up for him, and then proceeds to be difficult during the planning of it all. With the hype surrounding Get Low I expected a lot more out of it and was surprised with the result. It tries too hard to be both a comedy and a drama, and is a complete snooze-fest that grated on my nerves from beginning to end. The performances from Duvall, Murray, and Sissy Spacek, who plays an old friend of Duvall’s character, were also very weak and lifeless.

The Blu-ray release isn’t one to write home about either. The image and sound are mediocre, and the content is not required viewing in HD. Special features include commentary with actors Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider, and producer Dean Zanuck, cast and crew Q&A’s, making-of featurettes, and more. Film ** Blu-ray **

(2 out of 5 stars).

Please enjoy the trailer for Get Low below: