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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…
The skin of the actors gleam in an almost buttery tone. Greenwich Village is lathered in a dank, greenish hue. These are a couple first impressions of the artistry in Inside Llewyn Davis.
Yet not until a point when Llewyn plays his song in front of the illustrious Bud Grossman do we come to witness the film's central thrust. When Llewyn strikes his first chord, the camera slowly zooms forward, cutting between the utter stillness of Bud's face and Oscar Isaac's increasingly sincere performance. For a few minutes, no longer does the weight of his repeated misfortunes or god-awful attitude weigh over him — folk music gives him identity and for better or worse, it's this very privilege that Llewyn…
Now I want a cat
Loved this film .... very narrative driven, great acting by Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan specifically, awesome soundtrack. Enjoyable cameos with Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.
If you love folk music and the journey of legitimate musicians, then this will be right up your street.
See my full review at Filmmániás blog:
Inside Llewyn Davis, more fittingly entitled Inside Existential Hipsterism, happens to be one of the most un-satisfyingly satisfying movie going experiences I had in 2013, featuring a lot of tragically dark humor, a protagonist that's impossible to like, and a profoundly melancholy atmosphere giving Oscar Isaac a breakout performance as the outrageously frustrating title character.
A wonderfully melancholic character study that explores its protagonist's state of spirit with half shadows and a grayish photography - as well as some gorgeous folk music - to tell an insightful story full of heart that escapes with gusto being the conventional underdog crowd pleaser.
Talented and prideful folk singer in need of success; excellent acting and singing by Isaac
It took me two viewings to have an opinion. On he first viewing I was struck by the authenticity of the period and genre, and the beauty of the cinematography, slick editing and script, sharpness, intelligence and wit, standard in Coen Brothers films, but it left me cold, as I just found LLewyn's character narcissistic and cold. However, on second viewing I had more empathy for his character and enjoyed the film immensely. And as someone else mentioned, John Goodman does wha he always does in a Coen Brothers film "steals the show", and I must say, I concur. I'm pleased I gave it a second viewing.
I do not like this movie. It's rambling and aimless- a bad combination. I do like the soundtrack though.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…