So I'm thinking that Get Low might be the finest performance of Robert Duvall's career. He plays a hermit (Felix) who has been isolated in the woods on the outskirts of a small town in the 1930s. For 40 years he's lived alone and become a figure of rumour and legend. Everyone's heard stories about him and most are afraid of him. And so one day he emerges and arranges his own funeral. He wants it held before he dies and he wants anyone who has a story about him to come along. That's the premise and from there the movie slowly unravels and becomes an intriguing and unique story. Bill Murray plays the funeral director and his performance is typically brilliant (give this man an Oscar or something for god sake). Lucas Black is great in a supporting role and Sissy Spacek seems an obvious choice as the one person who knew the Felix from way back. I caught myself constantly smiling throughout this film. It's quietly whimsical and oddly poignant. The performances are the strength and they lift what would ordinarily be a good movie into something special. Duvall shines!