lucan’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I'm tired. I thought I just needed a night's sleep but it's more than that."
The Coen Brothers are in my list of favourite filmmakers of all time and I haven't even seen half their movies yet. This film proves that they are more versatile than anyone could've imagined.
Inside Llewyn Davis is a poetic masterpiece that reminded me why I believe film is the best form of art. The movie is overflowing with raw emotion and it is the excessive parts that spill over the edge that really hit the audience with full force. The plot is extremely basic. A struggling musician is navigating his way through a tough time in his life...and that's it.
Well, I actually love these types of simplistic movies that rewards the audience with feeling and emotion. This story, in particular, was so great. It provided a great deal of empathy and sympathy for the protagonist, but this feature also made me think long and hard about my own life and where it's headed.
Oscar Isaac gives an incredible performance in the lead role. He reminded me of some of Ryan Gosling's works in this, and it was because he acted with his eyes. He had sad eyes throughout the entirety of the movie but there are occasional glimmers of optimism on his facial expressions. A smile doesn't occur in the slightest but the eyes give the audience what needs to be known about the protagonist's mindset.
He obviously does a spectacular job on the singing too.
I wasn't even aware of any of the cast in this movie, except for Oscar Isaac so I was shocked when I was sitting in awe at the supporting performance from Carey Mulligan, who delivers her wonderful lines to perfection. She literally could have done no better. John Goodman and Adam Driver were pleasant surprises too.
The screenplay is phenomenal. The Coen Brothers are geniuses when it comes to writing screenplays and this one is certainly no exception. The script is hilarious at times and heartbreaking at others, but it is all just so memorable.
Just another one of this film's endless positives is it's cinematography. This is so well shot that I honestly forgot I was watching a fictional movie. It is all shot from Llewyn Davis' perspective and every camera shot is a possible view point from Llewyn Davis, and when I say "all"...I mean ALL. I loved this part and it truly played a vital role in making this film work.
Many people do find this film boring and I can completely understand why but that's just a personal preference rather than anything else. To say I was engaged and intrigued would be an understatement because, like I mentioned, I forgot I was watching a film.
I have thought about it over and over and I still can't find any negatives with this film. The editing (audio and visual) and production design are both outstanding and the music is absolutely terrific. "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" and "Fare Thee Well" are my two favourites but every single song on the soundtrack is very impressive.
It was seriously overlooked at the Oscars, only getting nominated twice. Where was Oscar Isaac's nomination? Where was a nomination for one of the incredible songs? Where was Carey Mulligan's nomination? Where was the nomination for writing?
BUT, who honestly cares about that?!
This is a thought-provoking character study that felt rather personal.
If anyone has any recommendations for films that make you feel low afterwards like this one or A Ghost Story, then please comment the name of the movie! I get a certain joy from these types of depressing movies.
I have nothing but respect for this tremendous piece of cinema and everyone involved...including the cat.