Matthias’s review published on Letterboxd:
“In my experience, the world is divided into two kinds of people, those who try to divide the world into two kinds of people-“ “and losers?”
I’m going to try my best to put into words what this movie makes me feel and what it does to me. This movie has been really sticking in my mind the last few weeks and a big reason to that is the relation I feel with Llewyn. I’ve had such a heavy case of existential crisis and have often found myself questioning if I have any purpose here.
There’s also been numerous moments throughout my life where I have long stretches of bad luck and never being able to catch a break. In turn, it sometimes makes me kind of an asshole towards others. I never intend on malicious intent, it’s just impulsive reactions I have sometimes.
This film covers all of what I just mentioned. Throughout the film you watch Llewyn going from place to place, trying to catch a big break. You feel as if you’re right there with him experiencing all this shit happening to him and it really makes you feel for him. It hurts the most when he goes to try and get a record label deal in Chicago and is turned down despite the hellish past he’s had.
Once he returns home, he’s completely given up on trying anymore. This all leads to one of the most relatable scenes in cinematic history, the “I’m tired” scene. Not just sleepy tired, tired of life in general. He’s tired of trying his best only to have some bad shit happen to him anyway. We’ve all been in that same boat before. Sometimes nothing feels worth trying anymore and you’d rather just lay and do nothing for the rest of your life.
This is by and far the most personal Coen brothers film and my favorite of theirs as well. I wish I could describe more what it does to me but I tried my best here. If you haven’t already, please give it a watch. Maybe it’ll click with you as much as it does with me.