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
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Inside Llewyn Davis

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 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 beholding 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 sound track, the film is cat friendly and the result makes for very good entertainment.
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By Brady Orme VINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2014
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Just look at the cover - The art direction for the latest Coen Brother's joint is obviously set towards the album cover for "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan", which gives a good head-up on the direction the film takes - the Greenwich Village folk scene of the '60s, and knowing the expertise of the Coens when it comes to capturing a particular zeitgeist (think THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, MILLER'S CROSSING et al) the movie does look glorious.The plot concern's the titular character (Oscar Issac) and a week in his ife as he attempts to break into the aforementioned scene in 1961. He comes across several insurmountable obstacles which I won't go into here as that would be a spoiler, and in a Heros Quest such as this film that is all part of the experience.

DVD wise the film looks - okay (to be honest a film this loaded with Sepia tones and period embellishments the hi-def of Blu-Ray is the best way to go), and the extras are light as seems to be the way with the average DVD nowadays (don't you know, the studios WANT you to buy Blu-Rays and pay the heftier price for a reason). But film-wise, you can go little wrong. Until the next Coen Brothers masterpiece then?
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9 of 11 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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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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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.

Not the best of the Coen's films by far but worth a look nonetheless.
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