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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  • 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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29 of 32 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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12 of 13 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blenheim on 27 Jun. 2014
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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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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. 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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