INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
DECEMBER 23, 2013

Every year, I feel like we get at least one truly phenomenal music-based film, and the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” is that one. The music throughout the film is performed by the actors themselves and comes from Oscar winner T Bone Burnett collaborating with Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons. Catching you with folk ballads like “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” and “Fare The Well,” every song in this film made this folk skeptic a bonafide fan. Set in the ’60s in Greenwich Village, Oscar Isaac plays lead Llewyn Davis, the epitome of a struggling musician, moving from friend’s couch to friend’s couch, playing any venue that will have him, in search of the musician’s American dream. The problems that Llewyn faces, besides being the unlikeable protagonist in a Coen Brothers film, are the changing musical dynamic in New York, where even his amazing voice is not what deems popular, the harsh winter of New York as he walks from apartment to manager’s office to venue, and a pregnant Carey Mulligan, who couldn’t be more vocal about hating his guts. Teaming with Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman, Oscar Isaac produces one of the most memorable performances of the year. What is unforgettable about “Inside Llewyn Davis” is Bruno Delbonnel’s breathtaking cinematography, which fades a yellowish blue hue that adds a richness to every frame of the film. The Coen Brothers latest is captivating from beginning to end, with the touch and feel of their particular brand of drama and dialogue, mixed with full-on performances of a majority of the soundtrack. With Oscar season just around the corner, “Inside Llewyn Davis” will be garnering some attention and will be landing as one of my favorite films of the year.

RELEASE DATE
December 6, 2013

DIRECTOR
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen

WRITTEN BY
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen

STUDIO
CBS Films

R
(for language including some sexual references)

COMEDY
DRAMA
MUSIC

104 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Bruno Delbonnel

EDITOR
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen

CAST
Oscar Isaac
Carey Mulligan
John Goodman
Garrett Hedlund
F. Murray Abraham
Justin Timberlake
Adam Driver

PRODUCED BY
Scott Rudin
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen

BUDGET
$11 million

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