8 February 2016

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013
  • Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Based on book: no.
  • Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett, Max Cassella, Jeanine Serralles, Adam Driver, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Oscar Isaac – Star Wars the Force Awakens, Robin Hood
    • Carey Mulligan – Far from the Madding Crowd, The Great Gatsby, Never Let Me Go, Public Enemies, An Education
    • Justin Timberlake – first time
    • Ethan Phillips – The Island
    • Robin Bartlett – Shutter Island, Postcards from the Edge, Moonstruck, Sophie’s Choice, Playing for Time
    • Max Cassella – The Sopranos, Ed Wood
    • Jeanine Serralles – Two Lovers, Across the Universe
    • Adam Driver – Star Wars the Force Awakens, Tracks
    • John Goodman – Dancing on the Edge, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, My First Mister, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Arachnophobia, Sea of Love, Punchline, Arizona Junior
    • F. Murray Abraham – Lethal Weapon, Amadeus, Scarface
  • Why? The Coen brothers
  • Seen:  5 February 2016      

       It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Coen brothers movie. I think the most recent one was Burn After Reading. It was hilarious. Fargo is an all-time favourite. Also hilarious.
       This one doesn’t look like a comedy. It’s about folk music in Greenwich Village in the early 60’s. Very Dylan-esque. How funny is that?
       It starts with a folk song about hanging. And then the singer is beat up by an unknown assailant. Not funny at all.
       Well, in Fargo the violence was funny in its way. And in this one there’s a runaway cat. That’s quite funny.
       It has the Coen absurdity and everydayness and gallery of odd characters and the same kind of loser hero. Llewyn Davis is real loser. He’s a failure as a folk musician, a brother, a lover, a friend and a cat minder.
       Oscar Isaac is good as the sad and sullen singer. The whole cast is excellent in their bizarre roles.
       It’s a dreary meandering film about a dreary meandering life. But it’s the Coen brothers and as always, I end up caring.

4 * of 5

PS Dylan shows up at the end.


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