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Jun 2, 2011

Daily Proposition: grumpy old men Get Low

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

The idea of watching Robert Duvall hiss and sputter as a bitter old hermit and Bill Murray attempt to appease him as a smarmy money-hungry undertaker is like catnip for any semi-cultured cinephile, more than enough reason to hand over your hard earned and settle in with the company of two grizzled stalwarts who are still very much on top of their game.

So much the better, then, that Get Low, from debut feature film director Aaron Schneider, is a strong and affecting work, though not the soul-scorching tear jerker Schneider clearly wanted it to be. The film ultimately falls victim to The Mr Holland’s Opus syndrome: there is a prolonged build up to a finale that won’t meet the dramatic expectations it expends considerable effort building. But it comes admirably close.

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