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

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9 of 10 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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What a great film - I have enjoyed the Coen brothers filmography which tend to consist of mood pieces (like Barton Fink) and intensely plot driven 'mood' pieces like Millers Crossing.

This film is in the Barton Fink vein - a gentle, subtle, critics might say rambling, but certainly very clever film that is beautifully shot and directed, superbly acted and wonderfully performed (in terms of musicality) masterpiece.

It rewards repeat viewings (I felt compelled to re watch it almost immediately after I viewed the informative making of extra) and found the film to brilliantly convey the trails of a struggling artist balancing on the razor edge of being a loser and making it into the big time. The story is supported by a collection of traditional songs which I personally enjoyed and loved the lyrics that complimented the black humour that pervades the story.

The Coens stories often capture the cosmic dark humour that pervades the human existence - but never before so brilliantly or effectively as in this film. The folk music adds to the brilliant script which makes you both intensely moved and want to laugh out loud almost simultaneously.

The lead actor is a revelation and in my view should in a fair world win best actor for his superb, brilliant performance. The cat is also a wonderful character and echoes a number of previous Coen motifs apparent in previous films (most notably Brother where art thou?)

All the actors are great - there are some brilliantly cast character actors whose expressions and delivery of lines is so refreshing to see and experience - in a Hollywood movie industry where everyone looks so artificial to enjoy great actors who look so real and have such, well character, seems a rare treat these days.
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10 of 12 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2014
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A sweet period piece, this film bears all the hallmarks of the Coen's aside from their particular directorial stamp, reminding me of a great unmade film about the invisible rival to Bob Dylan, a dark comedy. As it happens, the slow escalation of events to improbable results - and a great subplot about a cat - with a basic, almost plotless set of occasional events and arguments as a struggling acoustic musician, the film instead rests on character and a slow burning understatement. It's a delicate film, which ; instead of setting out a huge plot is a small character study, with moments of immense poignancy that are played matter of factly, The film turns into a road movie at a certain point, with a great turn from John Goodman. If nothing else, It's a Coen film in all but name, and designed for a slow reflection, a timely view, a quiet think.
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