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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.
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…
Inside Llewyn Davis is another excellent film directed by the Coen Brothers and Oscar Isaacs really shows his immense musical and dramatic talent on screen. The Coens create an endless succession of unfortunate events that affect the life of Llewyn, making you truly feel all the obstacles, frustrations and resentments he has throughout the story. It’s tough not to get emotionally involved by his passionate musical compositions and by his fearless attitude towards the disapproval and indifference that always surround him. Before we make quick judgments regarding Llewyn’s radical actions at times, it’s important to observe he comes from a troubled past and that he is still not over the death of his friend and former musical partner. Inside Llewyn Davis deserves much more recognition in my opinion, being one of the best films I have watched from 2013.
"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.
What'd you say you played?
Folk songs? I thought you said you was a musician?
Like a great sweeping piece of music, sometimes a film can take on a unique life of its own that doesn't always mirror the filmmakers intentions. With that in mind, the latest Coen venture might just be their masterwork. Inside Llewyn Davis is very much a Coen Brothers film; its got the typical melancholy bleakness, dark humor, and slow kindle pacing that is both chill, but immensely engaging. But where this film differs from the Coen's other pictures is that it exists in its own self contained sentient universe. This film is alive. Its got auteurship written all over, but at the same…
''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…
a hell of a lot of truth in this. a hell of a lot of truth. broad cuts at the divide between living & simply being alive, but perhaps more than anything else a gently devastating look at how people change (or how they don't). need to let this one kick around (and will surely revisit a ridiculous number of times over the years) but already comfortable saying that it's up there with the the Coen brothers' very best.
Not since Elliott Gould
Has anyone had such trouble
With a ginger cat.
Ulysses lives up to his name,
Penelope gets left with the Cyclops
And Llewyn misses the boat.
Second viewing. Closest corollary I can think of in the Coens' oeuvre is BARTON FINK. But even more subdued. A solitary journey, drab and down. A quiet, beguiling, underplayed film, with a put-upon, struggling artist out front and a scene-chomping Goodman in attendance. No big denouement, just a quiet murmur of a finale that puts a final bit of flopping punctuation on Llewyn's journeys. The Times will write about Dylan, Bud Grossman doesn't care, Llewyn doesn't have the money for his pilot's license, and Mikey's gone. Sad, sad stuff.
I love this movie so much. I've just watched it for the second time, and it's even richer and more beautiful than I had remembered. This one will probably end up on my all-time favorites list.
Not the Coen brothers best venture, but still well done. I strongly advise a rental before buying as many may find this one on the boring side.
Not the best of 2013, but oh so very close. This is so much better on the second viewing, it's almost obscene (especially considering how good it is on the first viewing). I could easily see this as one of the Coen films that will live on in perpetuity for a very long time. Deeper than the deepest well.
"What, quit? Just exist?"
Inside Llewyn Davis is a film I think I would've deeply loved if it weren't for the people I had seen it with. The person I was accompanied by found it to be self-indulgent, overly reliant on the cleverness of the Coen Brothers, and lacked character depth. I could not disagree more.
It's a somber story about a musician who's just trying to survive. The starving artist story could be classified as self-indulgent, but I feel like the Coen's pull it off with enough panache and subtlety that it turns 180 on itself and becomes ingenious. Oscar Isaac and the supporting cast give great performances in this tired world that the Coen's have created and they…
«If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it's a folk song.»
Inside Llewyn Davis is literally a little but modest and yet incredibly captivating passage of the life of one curious character: the musically passionate, greatly talented, unfortunate and volatile Llewyn Davis. A longing man refusing to grow up, a man turned down by a life drove by rejection and badly-timed decisions.
Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis excellently. You could see everything he’s been through and why he can’t move forward. With his performance, Llewyn Davis feels incredibly real. The passion to the music was stunning to me; he describes his character by how he plays and by how he reacts to music, he…
I have been a huge Coen brothers fan ever since my video store days and Blood Simple arrived in stores. I would recommend Blood Simple to everybody that came into the store....about half would come back and say the movie was great while the other half would say it sucked and I was an idiot to recommend it. Well that 50/50 ratio seems to be how a feel about every Coen movie I see. Since I loved True Grit...my hopes for Inside Llewyn Davis were not too high. Sure enough I did not really like this one....after reading many many glowing reviews of this movie, I know I am in the minority. The music was good...the performances were fine (regular…
As I pass the milestone of 1K films, it occurred to me... Maybe it's time to rate/review some of these works and what's better than the newest Coen brothers movie?
Short answer: the older Coen brothers movies. It's going to be hard to live up to Fargo, The Big Lebowski & Burn After Reading for Ethan en Joel in my opinion. Inside Llewyn Davis therefore isn't a bad movie, it's probably just not my cup of tea.
The titular character (played by Oscar Isaac) surely carried the movie due to his arrogance and couch-surfing lifestyle. Davis goes from friend to enemy (to stranger even) looking for a place to sleep while trying to get his solo career started after his partnership…
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