Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Written By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 45 min
At the start of this movie we’re introduced to Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac); a self-absorbed, arrogant, yet talented folk singer. At the end of this movie we leave Llewyn davis; a self-absorbed, arrogant, yet talented folk singer. A static character. Despite his many (mostly self-inflicted) problems, the time spent with him delivers not one single moment of revaluation. He simply passively absorbs information, and moves on with a bored look on his face.
So little actually happens with Llewyn Davis, I started to focus on the details around him in the hope to greater understand what the Coen’s were trying to do here. What does that cat represent? The other characters he meets, are they extensions of Llewyn? In the end the experience of watching Inside Llewyn Davis was just exhausting. The whole thing ends up playing like day one of Groundhog Day.
On the plus side though, despite little to no character depth or growth, Oscar Isaac’s performances is really good. I also really enjoyed John Goodman in this, and I’d love to see him get a few supporting actor nominations during the upcoming award season. The film also gave me a better appreciation of folk music. Perhaps that was the point in the end?
If you like folk music, then I think you’ll enjoy this. There are several well performed musical numbers during the film. Keep in mind the central character sees very little growth in this film, and is difficult to relate to.
This film has an interesting look. Almost looks like it was shot through a very thin layer of milk! Soft focus, yet high contrast, and very little color. I would recommend a digital matinée, and at home a HD showing.
Best element for me:
The folk music performances were really nice to watch. Also John Goodman as Roland Turner – brilliant!