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An Exercise In Nonsense
Tells a fascinating and unsettling true story, and does so well, without pretending to have all the answers.
Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
This film is nothing amazing, but it doesnt have any notable issues either. Its just good. The llot is a bit slow at times ehich makes the film a bit boring. The films best feature is its cinematography, which makes to film so good to look at. The actors are a bit uncharasmathic. However they make up for this by singing well. In general, this film is okay. It probably wont last long in my memory
and certainly isnt as iconic as other Coen Brother films, such as Fargo and Raising Arizona.
It's so funny, it's so smart, it's so profound, it's so bleak, it's a pure Coen Brothers' gem!(9/10)
I instantly fell in love with this film though it is an acquired taste. It doesn't have much of a plot and is extremely character based and that works for me because I love character films but it may not work for other people. The script is fantastic and the Cohen brothers are becoming my favourite filmmakers. Inside Llywen Davis is a film about a folk singer in Grennich Village trying to get his music career of the ground after the death of his partner. The music is great and I wouldn't consider myseld a fan of folk music but I love the soundtrack. The acting is great and Oscar Issac is great at performing very cynical characters. It's one of the best films of 2013 and I highly suggest you watch even if your more of a fan of plot based movies
** SPOILERS **Inside Llewyn Davis personally swept me away the first time I saw it and my head was swimming with the events throughout the story and the interpretations of them as I understood it. Please keep in mind as you read this that I'm speaking of art and interpretations are all they could possibly be, not anything concrete. But I have gathered that some people don't take much from the movie while I found at least the overall theme of an endless cycle to be pretty much blatant. Anywho this review is mostly for those viewers. So the most salient theme like I said is that of the endless cycle we follow Llewyn through. The relentless, crushing cycle of Llewyns life and the painful monotony of it all is only magnified by the casual way the viewer glimpses into it, as if it's inconsequential when the story starts or ends. I felt that in the last leg of the movie it was very obvious that this was simply another week in the life of Llewyn Davis. The constant familiar occurrences of a person making the same decisions in the same place, something not exclusive to a struggling musician but relevant all the same. It can be argued that none of these events are actually very significant, but simply tell Llewyns revolving story. The end is a kind of repeat of the beginning, but I feel convinced that some things may have not been there before when Llewyn experienced it. First I found that the poster Llewyn notices before his last gig seems very important. It's a movie poster that says "The Fantastic Journey" or something of the sort, a stimulus that to me suggests that Llewyns repetitive misadventures are not the end-all, but instead a means to an end. In other words the idea as I'm explaining it is that perhaps his story was not meaningless and it was a journey taking him to whatever's next. He plays his last gig and is socked by the same or similar goon as he was in the beginning, while Bob Dylan performs at the Gaslight, probably for the first time. If the goon represented the folk scene, or Llewyns environment in general (both of which were constantly "kicking him down" or whatever), then Llewyn literally says goodbye to that life at the end as the goon is driven away. This is placed perfectly with Bob Dylans performance because the monumental success of Dylans career was sure to be the final nail in Llewyns coffin. I also like to think that maybe there were signs earlier in the movie that Llewyn was staging his gradual exit. For instance, he got his shipping papers in order but there was a setback. So of course here he is playing The Gaslight again, and the cycle continues. Only now he is one big step closer to moving on and possibly, finally, being released from the cycle. So it can even be interpreted that any other week in this story is similar, but maybe peppered with these small steps. Another example of this is how he didn't let the cat out of the apartment the second time he left. Another small step. (The cat is a whole different review worth of speculation btw). Exceptional film. Perfectly executed I thought, and with a real artistic integrity. I think some people are bored by the music scenes, and I'm a musician so I really can't comment on that too objectively, but at the risk of sounding smug I can't help but say that if you didn't have the patience for the music scenes in this movie, or Treme, or things of the sort, then you really might not love music as much as you probably say you do.