Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★★

This is absolutely a film I respect more than I enjoy. Clocking in at 11 of their films I've seen, Inside Llewyn Davis is certainly an odd one out. It's completely devoid of comedy. It's dark. It's horrifyingly depressing. It's absolutely bleak with no rays of sunshine or happiness coming through. Even A Serious Man had a unique sense of deadpan Jewish humor. But I suppose that's life. Inside Llewyn Davis is certainly Joel and Ethan taking a look at the raw, relentless brutality of life, loading it into a bullet, and firing it directly at the viewer. The entire film is shot with a grey/blue color palette, with no true color appearing in the entire film. Oscar Isaac gives an absolutely magnificent performance (please cast him as Banquo in your new Macbeth movie guys!), echoing the bluesy sadness of the 60s. The country and folk music present in many of the Coen's films is even more obvious here, forming a large part of the story.

It's incredibly interesting to see how, in the last ten years, the Coens have shifted over from screwball comedies to some of the most hopeless, dark, and cruel dramas that have been put out in recent years. No Country For Old Men is a crushing look into the violence of the drug trade, A Serious Man is about a man whose life can't get any more worse (except it can!), Buster Scruggs is a six-piece anthology, each story more soul-crushing than the last, and Llewyn Davis is another entry into this category. These are the stories they have wanted to tell for years, but couldn't, because they were too "juvenile" in the film industry. People weren't ready for those stories. Some might say they still aren't.

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