Inside Llewyn Davis is the latest movie by the Coen-brothers. This time Joel and Ethan Coen take us back to the early 1960s where we meet the folk singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis played by Oscar Isaac. Davis struggles for a big break with his music while living a life on different couches with only a couple of bucks in his pocket. It is a movie with its view turned downwards in a grey and cloudy world. Despite this depressive setting the movie still exudes the Coen-brothers joy of narrating – a narration that also consists of a very authentic and emotional soundtrack that takes us inside Llewyn Davis.
So why would you watch Inside Llewyn Davis?
- Because the soundtrack is unique. First thing after watching the movie I went and bought the soundtrack.
- Because this movie is an example of how a picture can say more than a thousand words. Each shot delivers an abundance of emotion.
- Because Oscar Isaac is tailor-made for the part as Llewyn Davis.
- Because this movie possesses a wonderfully subtle kind of humor that occasionally leaves the viewer with a smile on the face.
- Because this is the Coen-brothers at their best. Especially the screenplay is amazing and contains delightful dialog throughout.
Why wouldn’t you watch Inside Llewyn Davis?
- Because the movie doesn’t contain many glimpse of light. It’s not a feel-good movie per se.
- Because you absolutely despise American folk music.
- Because you like your movies to be somewhat action-packed.
- There are a lot of loose ends, which may annoy the viewer.
SHOULD you watch Inside Llewyn Davis?
When looking back at cinema in 2014, Inside Llewyn Davis is a complete and utter standout. It is one of the most special movies in a long time and it’s definitely worth a watch. With fear of sounding arrogant, I have to say that this maybe is a movie for the more experienced and mature filmgoer. Nevertheless, if that isn’t you, I recommend it anyway.