Sunday, January 12 2014, 03:31 PM MST
Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake
Recommended To: Those looking for a great character study, fans of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s and anyone wanting a master class on how to make a truly beguiling film.
Synopsis:A week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a struggling folk musician in New Yorks fledgling Greenwich Village scene.
Review: Some filmmakers make their careers on films about flashy characters; the Coen Brothers make films about antiheroes, outcasts and eccentric everymen (yes, I'm ignoring Intolerable Cruelty). They dont stick to any particular genre and as a result constantly surprise. Inside Llewyn Davis is a difficult film in that its main character is disagreeable. You can admire Llewyn Davis, but liking him without reservation is somewhat out of the question. He's an artiste first and any sort of humanity comes in a distant second. This probably makes the film sound rather unappealing, but in the hands of the Coens it is a hypnotic, intriguing and often humorous experience filled with great supporting characters played by the likes of Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. It also offers a peak into a culturally significant era where folk music was about to break through as the voice of the discontent.
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coen's best. Its soulful, heartfelt and wonderfully left of center.
-Ryan Michael Painter