Inside Llewyn Davis(2013)
Coen brothers' dramedy set against the 1960s New York/Greenwich Village folk scene, loosely based on the travails of singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk. Stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Oscar Isaac (Drive) in the lead. Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2013.
Struggling folk singer Llewyn Davis (Isaac) has lost his musical partner Mike to suicide and his foray into being a solo musician with the album Inside Llewyn Davis is selling poorly. Davis spends his nights on friends' couches and his days trying to score his big break. Finding himself variously in the middle of a love triangle with friends Jim (Timberlake) and Jean (Mulligan); on the road to Chicago with fellow musicians; or getting beaten up outside music venues, this is one tough week in the life of Llewyn Davis.
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BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
With Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen once again demonstrate their position as cinema’s most consistently reliable purveyors of cultural specificity, here taking us on a tour through the pre-Dylan boho dumping grounds of the early-’60s folk scene in New York. Narratively it seems to suggest a meeting point between the nightmarish, existential and creative struggles of Barton Fink and the old-timey Southern folk vernacular of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but that doesn’t even begin to capture the misty, lovely melancholia evoked here.... More
In a sublimely haunted, richly soulful performance in which he skillfully balances acting and singing/playing duties, Oscar Isaac (Drive) is the couch-surfing East Village troubadour of the title who’s trying to get his solo career off the ground after his musical partner’s suicide. Blessed with a soaring voice and nimble finger-picking skills, the guy’s no slouch on stage, but in his unwavering quest to maintain artistic integrity, he finds himself fumbling through a series of mishaps, disappointments and frayed relationships.
Expect the usual offbeat Coen touches -- the odd surreal detour, the exaggerated characters (see: John Goodman’s obnoxious junkie jazz elitist) -- but also a degree of unexpected warmth in all the bleakness. While there’s humour to be found in the various depictions of folk music in the film, it’s no A Mighty Wind, and the patience afforded to showcasing Isaac’s several, stirring, heart-stopping performances conveys sincerity and respect on the Coens’ part.
Inside Llewyn Davis is pure Coens and at the same time, unlike anything they’ve made: it’s a beautiful, unassuming, rewarding ache of a movie.Hide
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BY filmlover superstar
The story of a talented but selfish man told as only the Coen brothers can. These film making brothers are surely an American national treasure who capture life in America with truth and poetry and raise the... More creative bar very high indeed.
Having said that, if you don't dig folk music this flick could wear very thin very fast.Hide
BY JackWallace superstar