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Inside Llewyn Davis
In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following 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…
An odyssey through cigarette smoke, carrying a lonely soul from couch to couch and from disappointment to disappointment. Chilly, wintry cinema, packed with typical Coens humor (I could listen to Mulligan rant about condoms for days) but also distanced from the crisp time-period that it's depicting. Like the Coen Brothers have said, there's no need to parody the folk genre as everything is right up there on the screen, but there's still a plethora of swelling comfort and unwelcoming depression to be found, sliding a detailed character study into the aura of a peculiar environment. My favorite Coen Brothers film, and if I had to pick one reason why, I'd point you to the moment where an orange tabby cat experiences the rush of the subway for the first time, following the rapid lights as they strobe into oblivion.
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.
A really weird prequel to "The Force Awakens?"
This one has really grown on me over the last few years. I wasn't sure if I liked it at first, but I keep coming back for the awesome soundtrack and performances.
Definitely have to be in the right head space, as it is more than a little bleak and depressing. I can really identify with Llewyn's trials and tribulations though.
Oscar Isaac has become one of my favorite actors with films like this, Ex Machina, and A Most Violent Year.
This makes a nice Coens cold weather double feature with "Fargo."
I have seen one or two of the Coen Brother's films, yet this is the first which I have been able to open myself up to the possibilities their films allow. That is the nice way of saying I wasn't watching it with any sort of critical eye. So it is that I am a bit floored. The struggle for life, self-worth, existence - I was moved by the struggle; the way in which the landscapes are as the fixtures in his mind, and how the logical makes way for the petty and the miraculous almost in the same breath. The film lives for, and in, such moments.
There is such a wealth of images and figures of portent, so…
“Play me something from...Inside Llewyn Davis.”
A beautifully observed, low key navel-gazing character study, as only the Coens can deliver. Wonderful music, Isaac perfect, but Mulligan and Goodman too cold to convince.
Probably the most un-Coenlike Coen Brothers film I've seen so far but that's not necessarily a bad thing, love me some Oscar Isaac
2nd viewing, this is a stone cold masterpiece. The structure, the emotion, the performances, the music.
We all are the cat...
Well written. Well acted. Well shot. Great soundtrack. Didn't over-do the folk scene setting. Protagonist likely needed a few more hits to the gut. Says a lot in that I liked the film but not that guy. Takes skill to create a compelling jerk.
I absolutely love this film. I've kinda been 'meh' on the Coen brothers because they always seemed overhyped and I had seen Burn After Reading, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Hudsucker Proxy and The Big Lebowski and still didn't feel as impressed as the general film public seemed with the Coens.
However, after watching Fargo and now Inside Llewyn Davis I see why they are such highly regarded.
The most lovely thing about this film is the character of Llewyn, obviously being the main thing explored in this film. It has such brutal outside simplicity and yet such deep complexity. The mere fact that the film feels like it's set over the series of months rather than days just…
a truth you could see if only you had faith.
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