“Inside Llewyn Davis”
Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Oscar Issac, Justin Timberlake
Category: Psychology / Music
Rating: 4 stars
Year of manufacture: 2013
Duration: 104 minutes
Critically acclaimed but unfortunately “Inside Llewyn Davis” is not charming in the 86th season of the past. The film also marks a turning point in the career of two talented directors Ethan and Joel Coen.
He began his career with a bit of comedy / psychedelic drama, which has so far been classed as “Blood Simple.”, “Barton Fink,” “Miller’s Crossing.” “,” Fargo “… but for a decade or so, the Ethan brothers and Joel Coen have changed the audience to surprise.
They surprise from film to film, from year to year, from one genre to another. Nowadays, not only are they tied up in two genres, Ethan and Joel Coen have expanded their subject range. From Intolebrale Cruelty, “” No Country for Old Man “to the far west (” True Grit “) and now music (” Inside Llewyn Davis “). In particular, the two most recent works were the first two of Ethan’s and Joel Coen’s. Still remembered in 2011, they were astonished with the first western work “True Grit”. Three years later, they continue to make the audience wear their hats with the music movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”. No change in style, style through each work also has its own characteristics.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” has a relatively strange texture, no head no end. The film tells the story of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac), a folk singer and songwriter. Like other freelance artists, he has struggled with both his life and his career. Even Llewyn Davis did not have his own apartment, but stayed with his friends. In those seven days, he ran around to earn every dollar to cover himself, from performing in the tea room, going to a recording contract or collaborating with other artists. The movie does not have a specific storyline. “Inside Llewyn Davis” simply recounts Llewyn Davis’s daily life.
Even the relationships in the film are trivial. Even the emotional affair between him and character Jean (Carey Mulligan plays) is only exploited through brief conversations. Llewyn’s life is closely tied to the plot. No head, no end, no future, no place to go. As a talented musician and singer, Llewyn is not mature, selfish and irresponsible. The relationship with Jean, though only mentioned a little, but then highlighted his personality.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is similar in character to a Coen brothers past, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”. Both of them are set in the most important moments in American music history. The early 60’s in New York was the time when folk music began to develop with the rise of legendary Bob Dylan. Of course, “Inside Llewyn Davis” does not talk about Bob Dylan’s career, but one can see his appearance appearing in the past, his voice singing in a few words through “Farewell” at the end of the film. .
At “Inside Llewyn Davis”, the audience does not seem to be driven by the story but sinks into the air of music. The songs in “Inside Llewyn Davis” have a deep, folk sound. Sometimes they also participate in the film as a factor to tell the story. This is the point that Coen brothers really high hands. Right from the beginning, the song “Hang me, Oh hang me” by Llewyn Davis presented the viewer has to gnarled.
Oscar Issac is an interesting find in “Inside Llewyn Davis”. In fact, he has been involved in a lot of big projects but mostly supporting roles. As Llewyn Davis, Oscar Issac is surprisingly talented in both acting and singing. In addition to “Hang me, Oh Hang Me”, he also captivated the audience through a number of other songs such as “The Death of Queen Jane”, “The Shoals of Herring” or “Fare Thee Well”.
However, the most impressive song in the film does not belong to Oscar Issac but “Five Hundred Miles” by the Justin Timberlake trio, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands. There are many fans who know Justin Timberlake while in the band ‘N Sync who played the role of playing the ballad smoothly but when listening to “Five Hundred Miles”, I still feel surprised by the sweet voice and Momentum of his. A great cover version.
Aside from the music, filming is also an important highlight for “Inside Llewyn Davis”. Film color, very special color, inclined to gray, yellow, bring feelings of melancholy. What’s more, a grim New York in the cold winter makes the film weary, nostalgic.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” deserves to be one of the best films of 2013. Unfortunately, the film was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, but only for two categories of harmony and filming. In addition, “Inside Llewyn Davis” was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA nominations, three Independent Spirit Award nominations, and the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prize. The 10 Best Films of the Year.