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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…
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,…
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.
''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…
i kinda started to like folk after watching this movie, THAT doesn't mean folk is good
The Coen Brother's deliver a depressing, yet completely enthralling musical drama, enlivened by catchy tunes, a blend of dark humour, and a pitch-perfect performance from Oscar Isaac.
Holy crap! I loved this film!
Touching, melancholic, realistic, great character development, great soundtrack, fun story and top-notch cinematography. Inside Llewyn Davis.
You will watch it over and over again.! Its beautiful ! The Folk music is like a cheery on top !! Mesmerizing !
With Chris. Library BLU.
File under Inscrutable Allegory Coens, alongside "A Serious Man" and "Barton Fink", about as unsatisfying and pretentious as the former but nowhere near as compelling and thought-provoking as the latter. From the Coens cookbook, expect a sprinkling of amusing deadpan humor, a reverently curated period soundtrack (it's not quite "O Brother Where Art Thou" good, but well done all the same), a couple of colorful cameos by veteran character actors (John Goodman and F. Murray Abraham in this case), but also, unfortunately, a very bitter, unforgiving story of an asshole's perpetually bad karma, which, however much you might be able to read into it subtextually, I just never find very edifying myself. Mostly I was just happy to see Oscar Isaac get a proper break-out project; otherwise, this is minor Coen Bros.
Inside Llewyn Davis is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by the Coen Brothrs. Set in 1961, the film stars Oscar Isaac as a New York City folk singer, alongside Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, and Justin Timberlake; who is just wonderful as always.
Llewyn Davis is essentially a folk singer struggling to overcome his personality issues to obtain some popularity whilst carrying around a lost cat. It does make for a smashing movie mind you, typical of quite a few Coen Brothers output Inside Llewyn Davis is darkly comic whilst at the same time tragic, the performances are great and the music delightful. Joyously miserable.
If you realize, perhaps Coen Brothers are the most versatile pair of filmmakers of our time.
They have the traits of a clinical Kubrick, they have an alternate version of Tarantinoesque in their films, a Wes Anderson like ability to make films in a whimsical set up and they present it all with their own genius.
What a wonderful film.
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