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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…
If there's anything more to expect from the Coen brothers, they most certainly do not disappoint with Inside Llewyn Davis, which I could argue is their most relaxing work as of this very date. Inside Llewyn Davis takes you on a journey that just simply soothes the mind and pulls oneself closer to where Llewyn Davis chooses to head on afterwards. While it may not be the best Coen brothers film in my eyes it most certainly is ranked high up there for me, as I think it might easily be their most beautifully soothing film to date.
"Folk singer with a cat. You queer?"
If anything 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a reminder to me that films should always be given a second chance. Admittedly my first encounter with the latest Coen Brothers film was fraught with distractions that had a serious effect on my viewing experience. Also take into account the fact that the film's rather bleak tone that originally left me cold. But today I have thankfully rewatched the film and my opinion has completely changed. It is bleak but wonderfully so, it has a slightly oddball sense of humour at times and the music is lovely, even if it is not necessarily supposed to be brilliant. 'Please Mr Kennedy' is a lot of fun too,…
Nothing happens to people you don't care about. Some nice songs.
A movie about a figurant, a footnote. Something about repetitions, about cycles. Something about History, how it clashes with, overtakes individual decisions. Something about moments: how they stand there, still, with emotional resonances that extend far beyond the clacking noise (of a subway, of a fat man) that interrupts them. Something about how Odysseus's return home has been, in all its elemental sadness, the most affecting part of his story for me. How it becomes even sadder when there is no home for him to return to. Something - perhaps a question - about Grace and if it can be found and, if so, where?
Well acted, and some pretty damn good singing by Isaac. The cinematography is nice, but wow, is the pacing slow. In fact, I found most of this film to be a bit boring. Sure, it's a character study, and highlights the difficulty of the music industry, but shit man, nothing really happens. Davis goes from couch to couch, with his story of woe. I can't say I have loved any Coen film, but this one is definitely one of the lower rated films from them for me.
Meet Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) a would be singer/songwriter in early 1960's New York. Living hand to mouth playing tiny clubs and bars, sleeping on friends couches, he aspires to be an artist. The film follows a week in his life as he continues his battle to earn a living wage in the face of rising odds.
A less confronting narrative than we are used to from the Cohen brothers earlier films ('Fargo', 'No Country For Old Men' etc) much of this works very well. Llewyn is a loser and is beginning to realise it. The people he interacts with are quirky (some to the point of crazy) and those that are grounded have little patience for what they see…
Inside Llewyn Davis is an intimate, well-executed, and honest slice of life. It features a humanistic, heartfelt performance by Oscar Isaac as the titular folk singer, arresting cinematography, and a sharp, tight-fisted script by the Coen brothers.The movie is only somewhat linear, with closing scenes mirroring opening scenes, and it is told entirely from Llewyn's point of view. The Coen brothers masterfully show us not only Llewyn's perspective but also an outside perspective; this allows us to feel both empathy and loathing toward him. Llewyn is nothing if not complex. The movie does a terrific job of avoiding the usual clichés, such as a down-on-his-luck musician catching a lucky break, or a bitter man having a quick change of heart.…
The only part I thoroughly enjoyed was the "where is his scrotum?" discussion regarding the replacement cat. Otherwise I was quite utterly bored by the entire thing. It of course did not help that my roommates joined in partway through and kept demanding explanations for things to which I had zero answers.
The cinematography was great, and the music was (at times) really good. Oscar Isaac is also nice, but otherwise it is mediocre in every sense of the word. If it had not been for a John Goodman appearance I might have never even known it was a Coen Brothers film.
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