I don’t know what to make of this trailer for Get Low. It starts off looking like a quirky comedy about an old man (Robert Duvall) wanting a funeral party while he’s still alive. But as the trailer progresses, the tone gets increasingly darker. In her review from the Toronto Film Festival, Monika said the movie was, “undeniably smart, funny, and heart-wrenching piece.” Scott Weinberg over at Cinematical also saw the flick at TIFF and said the film was, “an excellent little dramatic piece that’s awash in humanity, warmth, insight, and wit.” The Playlist‘s Luke Gorham said it was, “crowd-pleasing and solid, if ultimately unexceptional film.” I’m certainly interested in seeing it and it looks like Duvall is going to turn in another great performance. However, he does remind me of the SNL sketch where he played a character on a game show called, “Who’s More Grizzled?” Sadly, I couldn’t find the video but here’s the transcript.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the official synopsis. Get Low hits theaters on July 30th.
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For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush. People say he’s done all manner of unspeakable things — that he’s killed in cold blood; that he’s in league with the Devil; that he has strange powers — and they avoid him like the plague. Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It’s not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a ‘living funeral,’ in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in. Sensing a big payday in the offing, fast-talking funeral home owner Frank Quinn enlists his gentlemanly young apprentice, Buddy Robinson to win over Felix’s business. Buddy is no stranger to Felix’s dark reputation, but what he discovers is that behind Felix’s surreal plan lies a very real and long-held secret that must get out. As the funeral approaches, the mystery – which involves the widow Maddie Darrow, the only person in town who ever got close to Felix, and the Illinois preacher Charlie Jackson who refuses to speak at his former friend’s funeral – only deepens. But on the big day, Felix is in no mood to listen to other people spinning made-up anecdotes about him. This time, he’s the one who is going to do the telling about why he has been hiding out in the woods.