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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…
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,…
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…
"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…
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.
Inside Llewyn Davis, aka 'Bummin About With A Ginger Cat' - a musical, meandering, cyclic tale of woe; of a struggling musician too afraid to change. Isaac is excellent as Davis and his unbeknownst (to me at least) musical qualities really enhance the film. Theres also a couple of nice turns from Mulligan and Goodman. The film displays plenty of the Coen Bros wit and charm but like its protagonist, its just a bit aimless and revels in despair. Still, misery loves company!
best of 2013
Not as tonally dissonant or unhinged as many other Coen movies, which is kind of remarkable. It might just be their most Blood Simple type venture since.....Blood Simple! It isn't able to sustain very well the premise of this troubled yet talented loner musician on a sort of existential, though rather fruitless journey to find himself because while Isaac is decent in the lead role, he isn't good enough an actor to create any spellbinding moments, and the rest of the cast, if you can call it that, doesn't really lend anything. A noble effort, but I can't honestly recommend it much.
Inside Llewyn Davis lost its way in the end I think. Oscar Isaac didn't though. I give him three and a half stars. The cat.......he gets four......
If I'm honest, I enjoyed the time travel portal into an older New York City and look of the movie more than the actual story. If I widen that scope of honesty, I haven't watched many Coen Bros. movies and haven't acquired the taste for them quite just yet. I do like the fact that their movies usually cause me to pause and think about movies/stories/characters a little bit more deeply than the average movie. I have a hunch that watching more Coen Bros. films will give me less patience for a lot of the crap that I like to comfort watch. For now, I'll hold on to my (movie) Peter Pan syndrome.
That death and fate figure in Inside Llewyn Davis shouldn’t surprise anyone conversant with the Coen brothers’ work. Arguably, those elements contribute to a pessimistic streak in their films, and certainly the outlook for Llewyn’s future seems just as bleak as that oncoming storm at the end of A Serious Man, another fable of a modern-day Job by the brothers. But Llewyn isn’t someone completely subjugated to forces beyond his control. He chose that path over a settled life, family, and secure job, even though he will never become a musician of Bob Dylan’s caliber. Along with the seemingly pre-determined construction of a perpetual loser narrative, the Coens allow their consistent moral vision to complicate our perception of Llewyn. Aside…
I feel like this film was made for me to like: cats, lovable rouge/antihero tortured artist protagonist, cats, amazing music, black humour and cats. 5 stars.
"Where's its scrotum Llewyn? Where's its scrotum!?"
This film could easily pass off as being boring for some, but it really isn't. I absolutely love the 60's music scene and, although there isn't really much of it in the film, I could feel it seeping and trying to escape through every seam.
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