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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…
Second viewing brought it much more clearly into focus. As so often with the Coens, they're doing something incredibly specific that you have to zone in on. Also at first blush their films often seem arch, but return visits can bring out the emotional core – definitely the case here where for some reason I found Llewyn much more sympathetic the second time around. Perhaps it was the almost-imperceptible subplot about Llewyn's dead musical partner, which comes through much more clearly when you know to look for it.
It must be noted as well: absolutely first-rate cat wrangling.
I see what they are trying to do here, but it is not for me.
It is not often that a portrait of a young artist captures the equal parts of desperation, craft, exhilaration and the slow melancholy of choice. But, even more importantly, slated against the fervour of life and all its backbreaking jokes. That is a heady mix and not surprisingly, the Coen brothers have once again schemed to pull it off.
The film rests on the shoulders of Oscar Isaac who is stupendous. I can only imagine the casting process to find a guy with his acting chops but who then can sing like an angel, be a bastard and the audience still roots for him. Watch as a star is formed before your eyes.
Having said that the whole cast is…
Oh please don't start with the double condoms again.
Ohhhhhhh, fare thee well, oh honey, fare thee well.
Man, I love the folk music in this film. It should be classed as a musical in some way as well in my opinion.
I know this has probably been said a thousand times but this is a Coen brothers film by all means. And you might be thinking well what the fuck man, of course it is a Coen Brothers film, but I mean in the tone of this film. You don't even have to read who the director is beforehand and a few minutes in if you are a film buff you would recognise that this has a Coen Bros.…
Sadly I have not seen much work from the brothers. But my friends tipped me on this one. As always I was a bit skeptical, because of their major satisfaction with the film, making it even harder to not have high expectations for it.
The entire movie was just hypnotizing, I like to study and examine film, but this was incredible. Very few times do I watch a movie and get completely lost and can do nothing more than watch the struggling Llewyn and his battle for success in doing what he loves.
Llewyn was to me, the perfect character. As cliché as it sound, I linked with Llewyn, tracking back to times of never ending fight and being constantly…
Calm, cool film that emits a strong, somber emotion. I really connected with the titular character, thanks to a wonderful portrayal by Oscar Isaac.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a realistic, genuinely enjoyable film with a terrific soundtrack. Oscar Isaac is excellent as the title character. He is flawed, and often unlikeable. However, these particular qualities make him like a legitimate person, therefore causing him to be more of a relatable protagonist. The movie is also surprisingly humorous, for such a thematically depressing film.
The Coen Brothers are magnificent writers, delivering another great screenplay. Although the ending wasn't bad, I felt empty once the credits rolled. Also, I feel as if John Goodman, although hilarious, was slightly underused.
Despite some generic nitpicks, I really enjoyed this film. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is another marvellous film from the Coen Brothers. A duo that I have yet to see a bad film from.
Letter Grade: A-
The Coen Brothers have succeeded in creating another gem. I put off watching this for one reason or another but finally got a chance to and boy am I glad I did.
The performances were as always in Coen Bros films are excellent as is the dialogue. Oscar Isaac creates a character you struggle to cheer for because he's not a likeable guy. But the music (courtesy of the one and only T-Bone Burnett) is what drives the film and makes you want Llewyn to succeed.
Kudos to all involved as all the songs were sung on set by the actors themselves.
A solid look at Greenwich village in the 60s during the folk era.
The strange thing about this Coen brothers movie is that there is not much to tell about it. It is just as good as it is which makes this look like a regular movie, while it is not. We follow the struggle of Folk singer Llewyn Davis in Greenwich Village in 1961 during which he crosses paths with some remarkable characters, which include a cat.
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