Title: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Ethan Phillips, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake
Dir: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Basic Synopsis (from IMDb): A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
My Mini Review:
Being a folk music fan, I really enjoyed this film. I liked the timeline of the film and how it showcased only a week in his life and the struggles therein. Though Llewyn Davis is a fictional character, the story was inspired by a number of folk musicians at the time (primarily Dave Van Ronk). I loved the connection and ostensible parallel between Llewyn and the cat; whereas he is the cat, in all of his wanderings.
Cinematically, I thought it was well shot. I liked the structure of the film, and the (non)direction of the narrative, and how it meandered effortlessly. This film was produced, directed, written, and edited by the Coen brothers, so they most definitely have left their stamp on it. That being said, the characters are solid, and the story is well written. I liked the music, and thought all of the actors turned in superb performances. A great film, and an even greater one if you’re a fan of folk music.
Overall Rating: 5/5