Friday, March 11, 2011

Get Low: A Lenten Review

OK. So this isn't really a review. I'll leave that to other people. It is a recommendation. Make watching Get Low a part of your Lenten practice this year before Easter arrives. The list of actors involved in this movie are a reason enough to rent/download/even buy this movie. Robert Duvall, Bill Muray, and Sissy Spacek are in top form. I also enjoyed Lucas Black as Buddy. But the actors, as good actors always do, give way to the story.

This is a story of a recluse who decides it's time for him to "Get low," time to die, and he decides to not only organize but actually have his funeral before he dies. Recruiting the rather unorthodox funeral director (Murray) and his assistant (Black) to help him gather a crowd, this at times humorous story turns quite profound. The themes of sin, mortality, forgiveness, alienation/community, and ultimately redemption resonate with one another in the most beautiful way.

By the end of the movie I was left pondering the state of one's own soul. Am I ready to Get Low?

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