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Get Low (2009)

If you're looking for a calm movie that explores the depths of humanity, then this is the movie for you! It has Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black.

The film is about Felix Bush, a strange hermit that's been living on the outskirts of town for 40 years. As expected, he's the topic of rumors, and kids like to come to his property to throw rocks at his windows. Everyone has a story about him, but only two people know the truth (Felix and a preacher named Charlie). Felix decides he's going to have a funeral party, while he's still alive, so he can set the record straight about his life.

As I said, this movie was pretty calm. There weren't any gun fights or superheroes, but there was a raging fire at the beginning. It was a really interesting movie. It did a nice job of creating a mystery and keeping that mystery intriguing throughout. As you watch the film, you formulate an idea of what you think happened, but it does a nice job of twisting that expectation. It explores the notions of guilt and forgiveness and how the characters deal with both.

It also explores how people deal with the unknown. Since no one knew anything about Felix, they made things up, and they were generally scary stories. But, as it says in the film, there are two sides to every story. By the time you discover the truth, you feel very sorry for Felix (actually, you feel sorry for him throughout, but there are moments when you're like, "Hmmm, what did that jerk do?").

It wasn't overly long, either. An hour and a half, I believe. Some parts seemed to drag a little, but it was worth it in the end. If you have some extra time, check it out. Has anyone else seen this film?