Film Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis is a thoroughly enjoyable film. Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest is bursting with dry humour.

Llewyn Davis is a folk singer gigging in New York of the early 1960s. Llewyn is struggling to make a living through music, whilst his living arrangements cause other problems…

Inside Llewyn Davis is an entertaining and engaging film. Focusing on a week in the life of the title character, the films throws up interesting if quirky incidents whilst also illustrating the drawbacks of such a lifestyle.

The Coen brothers’ film works because of its central character. Llewyn is not a bright spark but an almost melancholy figure drifting out of others’ lives. This is nicely juxtaposed with some real personalities among the secondary characters.

The narrative progresses at a steady but laconic pace. The first two thirds of Inside Llewyn Davis are stronger than the third, but even this is very watchable. The dry humour is regular and successful. The comedy acts almost as a guise to obscure what is quite a sad tale.

Inside Llewyn Davis functions almost like a musical, with a number of in-action performances. The folk songs are a beautiful accompaniment to imagery. The film has the look and feel of early 1960s thanks to costumes and styling.

Oscar Isaac is great as Llewyn, but it is the supporting cast who are scene stealers. John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund amuse greatly in their scenes, while Carey Mulligan tackles the perpetually annoyed Jean. Robin Bartlett is also fantastic in her scenes.

Inside Llewyn Davis has the style of the Coen brothers stamped all over it, although it will be enjoyed by a far wider audience than just devotees of the filmmakers.

Inside Llewyn Davis is being screened at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2013.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of movie stuffs this week, including the latest Man of Steel TV spot, Disney’s Big Hero 6, the Coen Brothers’ latest and a Herzog re-release…

Man of Steel

Here is the new Man of Steel TV spot. Although the film looks exciting, the TV spot fails to answer the question everyone is asking; is Gus Gorman in this latest Superman film? Really, that’s what we want to know. Man of Steel, with or without Gus Gorman, is released in UK cinemas on 14th June 2013.

Big Hero 6

Here is the first look at Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6. I want to live in San Fransokyo, it looks amazing! The film is about a robotics prodigy who finds himself in the grips of  criminal plot that threatens the city. Big Hero 6 is due for release in the US on 7th November 2014.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is about a young folk singer in 1960s New York. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake. But who knows, the breakout star may be the cat in the first seen in this trailer. Inside Llewyn Davis is due for release in UK cinemas on 24th January 2014.

The World’s End

Edgar Wright’s latest offering is The World’s End, starring past collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film seems like exactly what one would expect from the trio; comedy and some very strange shenanigans. The World’s End hits UK screens on 19th July 2013.

The Internship

The Internship reunites Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The comedy is about two advertising salesmen who start an internship at Google. The trailer reminds me of that episode of Friends where Chandler starts an internship at an ad agency and he’s so much older than the rest of the interns. The Internship is out in UK cinemas on 4th July 2013.

About Time

Here is the first trailer for Richard Curtis’ latest film, About Time. The comedy stars Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams and Domhall Gleeson. I’m getting Groundhog Day vibes from the trailer, although I think the film is going to weigh heavy on the whole consequences theme. About Time is released in UK cinemas on 6th September 2013.

Aguirre, Wrath of God

I wish Werner Herzog was narrating this trailer. Werner Herzog should narrate everything. Anyway, the director’s 1972 film Aguirre, Wrath of God gets a re-release as part of the BFI’s retrospective of Herzog in June. Aguirre, Wrath of God will be screened at the BFI and selected UK venues from 7th June 2013.