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Inside Llewyn Davis
In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted, but volatile musician Llewyn Davis contemplates leaving the music scene altogether to return to sea as a merchant marine after the suicide of his singing partner.
Glossing over the Coen's filmography confirms my immediate sentiment after finishing Inside Llewyn Davis. I have never been moved by one of their films. That is not what they do. They craft tales that shy the beaten path, fill them with semi-human characters and embrace the style they are working in wholeheartedly.
Inside Llewyn Davis has all the hallmarks of a Coen film. With one trump up its sleeve causing me to allow this film to grip me, shake me and leave me the same way it leaves its protagonist. With a wry smile and an empty heart. That trump is Llewyn Davis and his portayer, Oscar Isaac, who gives one of the best performances of that year.
Inside Llewyn Davis plays like a real-time thought process of a damaged and longing soul. The title alone may be the most literal title ever to be given to a Coen brothers' film - the film is truly inside Llewyn's mind. His mind is how we see his world and his world is a weaving, incomplete and constantly unsettled pieces of a contemplative puzzle, held together by nothing more than the next thought or meditation. It's lost, but in a way we're here to find it as it beautifully pits a human crossroad into quiet beauty of the highest order.
The film begins and ends with the simple question of who would beat up a folk singer, but through it…
Like many of their protagonists, the Coen brothers make films that aren’t always easy to love. Although a great admirer of the duo and their unique brand of cinema there are only a handful of their films that I truly adore and most of those took more than one viewing to appreciate. As such it might take me a while to decide where Inside Llewyn Davis sits amongst the rest of their work even if its undeniable qualities shine through from its opening moments.
Loosely inspired by a chapter in the life of folk singer, Dave Van Ronk, Inside Llewyn Davis is a melancholic journey through the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early ‘60s following the titular Llewyn Davis,…
I'll keep this short (I love how I say it as if all of my reviews are incredibly in-depth and lengthy) since I feel like I'll be passing out from exhaustion at any moment, but finally got around to watching this. I've been looking forward to seeing the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis ever since I first heard about it, which is usually how it is for me whenever they have a new film coming out. But this is definitely my favorite film of theirs since No Country For Old Men back in 2007 (not saying that I didn't enjoy everything in-between).
I feel like pretty much everything about it this film is perfect, to me at least. Despite it's…
"Llewyn is the cat."
Even richer on second viewing. I feel you could watch this movie 100 times and not reach bottom. I laughed more, and I was moved more, and one performance choked me up more.
Someone needs to do a video essay putting the opening and closing scenes side by side, comparing and contrasting each shot and line reading, and examining what's changed and what stays the same, and why.
''If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it's a folk song.''
Well haven't we all been waiting a long time for the brothers Coen to inject their brand of special into the atmosphere again, and with the stage set for something as intimate as the music on show, I can only say that Inside Llewyn Davis was worth the 3 year wait.
It has been said that The Coen's love to torture their protagonists (which they jokingly stated themselves about A Serious Man), but that is not the case here with Oscar Isaac's titular figure. Here is a man that is haunted by death; of his partner (who has committed suicide in the recent past) and…
Película musical sobre un cantante de folk qe acaricia el triunfo aunque se le escapa por las manos. No es por falta de talento, ni por no intentarlo. Igualmente, la pelicula roza la grandeza sin llegar a alcanzarla.
Aunue flojea en algunos tramos, e su
So close to perfect. so very close
The music is perfect, the casting is perfect, the story is unique and simple, and the performances are amazing. My only criticism for the film is the pacing in certain scenes (like the John Goodmen sequences). But this is still a stellar film that should not be missed.
Not a perfect film, but a perfect film. Let me explain:
I loved how subtle this was. There's a lot to think about here. We're just along for the ride, and that's the movie. We discover Llewyn, but we don't know Llewyn. He drifts and drifts and never ends up in the same place, but he never goes anywhere new, either. I think that's the beauty of this film. There's a lot of truth in it.
The circular structure of this film, bookended with a performance initially of "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" and finally of "Fare The Well" represent both the going nowhere but it's going to continue nontheless in Llewyn's life. Yes, a portrait of struggling artists in the early 1960s New York folk scene but a meditation on a journey through the bleakest, darkest and at times hopelessness of life and comes to very simple conclusion that the time is going to continue along with or without your input but it's up to you to make it better.
The Coen Brothers are proving that they will never run out of steam, and are capable of maintaining trademarks of their early style while still “maturing”. This movie checks off everything on a Coen Brothers checklist: zany characters, folk music, odd structure, one-off characters, John Goodman, you name it, Inside Llewyn Davis provides it, without calling too much attention to it. The Coen Brothers focus instead of showing you a piece of Llewyn Davis’ life, as he tries to figure out what the tell to do with himself. No clear answers are given, and we (quite literally) end where we began, but, as they say, that’s life.
I never been a big Coen fan so I avoided watching this for a while. Surprisingly enjoyable. Very simple and engaging.
A solid but unexceptional musician who is so assured of his own brilliance that he uses it to rationalize his apathy, hostility, stubbornness, self-absorption. Llewyn, who is fast approaching an age where aimlessness ceases to appear anything but pathetic, is pretty representative of the average person who’s trying – and failing - to make a living through artistic creation. Which is to say he’s narcissistic, bitter, self-loathing, spiky, misanthropic, vindictive and faintly delusional. He’s also disarmingly charming, occasionally right, and admirable in his conviction. He’s not talented enough to be a great musician, but he’s talented enough to make a solid career if he’s willing to compromise a little. Which is unfortunate, because compromising is the one thing he’s unwilling…
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