Inside Llewyn Davis 2014 CC

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates New York City?s folk scene of 1961.

Starring:
Oscar Isaac,F. Murray Abraham
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring Oscar Isaac, F. Murray Abraham
Supporting actors Carey Mulligan
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2014
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This is very much a week in a life of musician Llewyn Davis, our main character lives on other peoples sofas in Greenwich Village (New York city) of the 1960s. He is struggling to make it as an artist, with cat in tow our Llewyn Davis needs to make his career a success, however, the odds are against him - much of the obstacles he faces are pretty much of his own making. He tries his best, to get whatever he can; he is very much beholden to both friends and strangers to eke out his living. His journey takes him from the Village to Chicago - to hopefully get a contract with a musical agent, one Bud Grossman.

For me this was subtle film the characters are all well drawn out, what you have is a decent and relatively original narrative. For this is a casual tragedy and hubris of the journeyman musician The Coen Brothers have made another pretty decent movie.You have to just love the cat that Davis takes pretty much everywhere in his travels. The odyssey of his journey and the misadventures we see him go through, are what makes this film really work. Add into the mix a very well done soundtrack, the film is cat friendly and the result makes for very good entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2014
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Greenwich Village, New York City, 1961. 'Inside Llewyn Davis' charts a week in
the life of a sofa-hopping folk singer whose career has peeled apart following
the suicide of his musical partner. Mr Davis isn't an especially likeable character
and the story is somewhat slight by The Brothers Coen's usual standard but it
is watchable in a sombre, down-at-heel kind of way and the dark-hued depiction
of NYC's early sixties folk scene is lovingly recreated with a strong eye for detail.

There are some creditable cameos from John Goodman as junked-out jazzer
Roland Turner; a rather nervous looking Justin Timberlake as Jim Berkey
(another singer/songwriter) and Carey Mulligan as Jean, Mr Davis' on/off girlfriend.

The musical scenes in The Gaslight Cafe are affectionately drawn (the Arran-clad
vocal quartet are especially endearing) and as the film draws to a close we witness
a brief moment in Bob Dylan's ascendency just as Mr Davis would seem to have
nowhere else to go but down. The cat sub-plot makes for a little light relief however.
Recommended.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2014
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So why have I given it 5 stars? The protagonist is unlikeable, the film sometimes falls into self indulgence and there is that lack of narrative drive that Coen Brothers movies sometimes lapse into. But, it also captures the life of the artist fantastically well. Oscar Isaac inhabits the part of Llewyn Davis to the extent that I simply can't imagine anyone else playing him. The other members of the cast also do a great job; Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman all play their parts well, but Isaac has the stand out performance. He is fascinating to watch, I found him a charismatic live performer, but his character hasn't found success and is wearing out the patience of friends as he camps on their sofas.

The Coen Brothers are without parallel in summoning up mood and investing places with poetry. I have watched this twice and will watch it again. It also benefits from having a great piece on the making of the film on the DVD which gaves some real insight into how the brothers work on their films.

If you like the more mood oriented Coen brothers films you'll like this, if you don't you won't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2015
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Well this is an oddball movie, but its the Coen Brothers so what do you expect! I enjoyed it, but I could understand why it might not be everyone's cup of tea. The story follows Llewyn Davis as he tries to break into the big time on the folk circuit. Oscar Isaac plays the part brilliantly and did all his own singing, and did it very well. Sadly for Llewyn nothing is really happening for him. During what is a road movie of sorts we get to meet quite a few quirky characters in typical Coen Brothers style, including Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman as a Jazz musician. The music is well performed by the cast.

There is an interesting parallel with Martin Scorcese's "After Hours" which is similar thematically in some ways. If you liked that film and you like folk music you'll probably love this film.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Koppert on 1 Nov. 2014
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Its not an action film, nothing really happens, if you don't like films like that (my girlfriend doesn't, she says its pointless) don't watch. I however love films like this. Its an exploration of character, the struggles of being a musician and having an artists temperament, oh yes and a ginger cat! Plus his voice is beautiful and features a lot of songs which I was absorbed into. A lovely gentle absorbing film that lets you sink into it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2014
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If I didn't already know this was a Coen brothers film I might not have realised it, though the hallmarks are all there - the darkly comedic spin to proceedings as the hapless, incredibly unlucky Davis struggles to both survive and try to achieve recognition as a performer while encountering a series of unfortunate events and a cast of flawed but believable characters.

The structure of the film captures Davis` merry-go-round situation as a talented but unrecognised folk singer, hampered by the indifference of the music business and his own particular character flaws. I suspect the cat is a metaphor for something but, y`know - it`s the Coens - their claim is that the cat is there to provide viewers with a focus because there isn't really a plot; can you take their glib statement at face value? There is a deliberate visual reference to an iconic cliché - look at the freewheelin` appropriation of imagery on the cover of the DVD (also consider the name of the venue on the right of the picture) and a few in-jokes about folk performers. This is all very playful, but it`s ultimately a bleak film, set in winter with a very subdued colour palette; the cinematography, writing and - of course - the music is excellent.
The acting at all levels is superb, even the minor roles are well-cast and spot-on.
Though set in Greenwich Village at the time of the folk revival, there isn't much of the creative buzz of the place in evidence, as the story concentrates on Davis` personal journey.
The Coens have chosen a fairly esoteric subject for this film; I don`t think it`s likely to appeal to a large viewership, but it`s a fine production all the same. I loved it - bleak though it is - as I`m sympathetic to the period and the music.
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