Inside Llewyn Davis 2014

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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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Inside Llewyn Davis

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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
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Koppert on 1 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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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20 of 22 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vs on 12 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
We're not folk fans, just like good music of many styles. We do like the work of the Coen brothers and are rarely disappointed. This is no exception. Llewyn Davis is a waster with soul. So much soul - brilliantly portrayed by Oscar Isaac. The film is so much more than a portrayal of early ameriacn folk music. In places, it's dark and grimey, but there is love in there too, and it warms the soul whilst the music eats into you and you're hooked. The relationships are wonderful and typically Coen quirky. Its an easy, relaxing film that just ends too soon. A great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. Brown on 21 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
It's probably difficult for someone to judge whether to give this a try given the wild differences of opinion among these reviews. I think the reason why it divides opinion is that it's not got much in the way of a conventional plot - it's more like just following a character around for 100 or so minutes with no clear beginning, middle or end. Some people will find that frustrating/boring, which is fair enough. I really enjoyed it though and I'd definitely recommend it if you enjoyed A Serious Man (the other Coen brothers film which has quite a similar structure to this).

The thing I like about the Coen brothers is that they often make films which basically imply life is meaningless, everything that happens is random and anyone who thinks they're destined for great things in life is being naive. That sounds a bit depressing, but it's essentially the exact opposite of what films usually do - where everything tends to happen for a reason, the hero always wins, and so on. It can come across as being a bit pretentious at times, but I think it's a really unique perspective that leads to some very interesting films.

If that sounds like the sort of thing you might enjoy then there's plenty to like in this - the music is great, the cast really hold it together and it's shot beautifully. It's not quite as good as A Serious Man in my opinion, but I'd definitely put it up there as one of the better Coen brothers films I've seen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blenheim on 27 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" follows a week in the life of a frustrated folk singer (partly modeled on the real life Dave Van Ronk) in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961, when the beat generation is giving way to the hippy movement.

This strikes me as a cinematic masterpiece that walks a thin tightrope between being darkly melancholic, absurdly comic, as well as life affirming, and I found it to be one of the smartest and most profound works of existential art ever produced in any medium. The moral journey of Llewyn Davis (maybe the Coens' greatest character) through what seems to be the worst week of his life serves as a metaphor of the human condition. In fact, his journey is really his 'Odyssey' (to emphasize this, the wonderful cat in the film -- Llewyn's closest relationship -- is named 'Ulysses'). I even think of the myth of Sisyphus (existential? ...think Camus' "Myth of Sisyphus"!) spending his life working repeatedly to push a huge boulder up a steep mountain to have it keep rolling back down again). Like Laurel and Hardy pushing that piano up the countless steps, I see Davis more as someone with whom we can empathize as he continues to crap out; others see him as a slimeball. Take your choice, but I think not to identify with him is to negate the universal meaning of the film.

Appropriately, the film has a muted color palette by the great 56-year-old French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (known for his images of 'fantastic realism' for Jean-Pierre Jeunet films like "Amelie" and "A Very Long Engagement").
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