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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…
"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…
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.
''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.
God bless Coen Brothers . and folk music .
Rewatch bumps this up to a full 5 stars. Knowing the structure of the film going in is like listening to a song that you really liked the first time but discover new subtleties within. Oscar Issac's performance continues to reveal new depth and meaning within small gestures and tics, and having a handle on the tone makes the film less dreary. Within the Coen's filmography, I'd say if Barton Fink and A Serious Man are a Summer on the west coast and Mid-America, respectfully, Inside Llewyn Davis is the following Winter on the East Coast.
And that shot on the side of the road. You know the one. Too much.
Llewyn the cat ;)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Good film, no black and white good/evil characters. Just a story that plays out in the life of Llewyn Davis. You're not made to feel sorry for him just put into this story like some third party to experience what life was like then for a musician
I saw this movie yesterday and I have to say I really like this movie. I just like how this films look, I'm always a big fan of how Cohen Brother's films look. I did think this film kinda just left some things a little too open and didn't really resolve in the end. I can understand if they do that with some things but there are some aspects of this film that just seem like they are never resolved. Besides that this film is really enjoyable and I like how in the end we see a young Bob Dylan, that made me like this film a little bit more.
gonna marry the soundtrack from this
It was/is a Llewyn Davis kind of week(end).
As with many of the Coen brothers' movies, this guy gets better with each watch.
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