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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.
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…
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,…
"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…
Thats how you make a movie.
The Coen brothers at their best, and Oscar Isaac's astounding breakout performance. Witty, musical and mournful, all wrapped up in one perfect package.
A great movie I didn't particularly like, if that makes sense. I'll watch it any time it's on TV, but... man, this guy's a dickwad. Maybe that's the point, but... c'mon Coens. Still, a beautiful, heartaching experience, just not a pleasant one.
oscar isaacs always got me feelin some type of way... i want him to fuCK ME UP
*beyonce voice* GODDAMN x3
Even though Llewyn Davis seems like a terrible person, I could not help but relate to his struggle. I am not an musician or artist of any kind but that does not mean I do not feel like an average hack from time to time, carrying around my own version of Lleywn's yellow cat. I believed every scene.
I've read a lot of commentary about Inside Llewyn Davis (more fittingly titled, Inside Existential Hipsterism) failing to deliver a pay-off. Oddly, this was one of the aspects of the film I enjoyed the most. It is devoid of the glamour and artifice of an uplifting underdog story; Llewyn's story begins and ends in the same alley, no redemption found, his only prize the blood on his lips. Throughout the film, there were many moments I found myself wishing Llewyn would just say, or just do, this instead of that, find a way to overcome his weaknesses and flaws. But he always says, or does, exactly as Llewyn would do.
This is what I find so refreshing about the film,…
"I’m so fucking tired. I thought I just needed a night’s sleep, but it’s more than that."
I love this movie so much. :'o)
My GF tells me that I simply don't get this movie - just like Lost in Translation. Obviously, the message is that certain feeling the movie conveys.
I particularly liked the photography. The acting was ok, too. But what I really missed, was a story plot that leads to somewhere. Instead, it just meanders to and fro and even when something is happening, it's rather pointless to think about how it may affect the plot because it doesn't matter anyway. Just keep standing up again, just one more time. Find a place to crash (not a car at the side of the highway, not in the waiting hall of a train station), try to find something that feeds you or gives you money.
The melancholy is obvious, but I like it better when a movie wants to tell me a story. A real one with a plot twist or a climax.
A movie bent on grappling with an unending cycle of degradation and the way it squeezes out your contempt and then punishes you for that contempt. A movie about why bother to stay at it even if you don't come out rich or even recognized by the end. A movie about surviving another miserable day forever.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…