Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

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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. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac, Drive) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends (Justin Timberlake, The Social Network; Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby) and strangers, Llewyn scares up what work he can find. His misadventures take him from the basket houses of the Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club - on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman ? and back again. Written and Directed by Academy Award®-winners Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men) and brimming with music performed by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place.

Starring:
Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan
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DVD, Blu-ray

Inside Llewyn Davis

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Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac
Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac
Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages English

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 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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5 of 5 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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27 of 29 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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3 of 3 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. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Oh Hamlyn on 21 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Some have criticised this movie for lacking a traditional plot or sense of direction, but I feel the purpose of this film was to follow an experience in the life of one particular man- namely the titular Llewyn Davis- and in this respect it definitely succeeds. Rather than follow the traditional three act structure, the film instead plays out as you might expect real life to, and this adds a certain personal charm to the film. It is a primarily character-driven narrative about a talented but failing artist, and it is Llewyn's journey which the audience connects with. I felt Oscar Isaac gave a winning performance as Llewyn, with the folk singing scenes being a particular highlight, but the usual eccentricities, flashes of dark humour and general randomness that give the Coen Brothers their usual charm and flare are all present here. It's definitely a melancholic experience, and the theme of failure threaded throughout the movie certainly keeps things grounded, but it is also oddly life affirming at the same time. For those looking to follow the journey of an artist attempting to ride the road to success but constantly stumbling back into failure, this is a truly a personal experience that will leave you feeling fulfilled, entertained and soulful at the same time. It's a Coen Brothers movie, you can't really go wrong here.
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