Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Joel and Ethan Coen’s drama is a gently comic, melancholic tale set against the backdrop of New York’s early 1960s folk music scene. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.
Set in 1961 New York City, the story concerns folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who is at a intersection. Guitar in hand, he finds it hard in contradiction of apparently insuperable difficulties to make himself worthy in the music industry, but so far, he has had no luck.
Trusting on the compassion of both pals and unknowns, Llewyn goes on board a journey that takes him from the highways of Greenwich Village to a Chicago club, where anticipates a music tycoon who might give him the big break that he is badly looking for.
Oscar Isaac gives a very good performance in his role as the title character, a struggling folk singer who is really hoping to break into the industry and become well-known, while he is offered very decent support by Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in their respective roles as Jean and Jim Berkey, as they try to help achieve the best result possible.
The direction from the Coen brothers is very good because they allow the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a mixed atmosphere happening as well and the script is written to a decent standard by the two directors as he makes the movie good to follow.
The camera and sound stand out best in terms of the technical aspects, because the camera makes very good use of the locations and also captures the tense and dramatic moments well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status; the sound is excellent as you have to listen carefully.
In terms of major awards, the movie got Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Sound, while the Golden Globes recognised the film for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac), both in the Musical or Comedy categories, along with Best Original Song (Please Mr. Kennedy). The latter I disagree with, because I don’t consider that to be memorable.
Overall, Inside Llewyn Davis is a very decent drama, due to the very good performance in particular from Oscar Isaac, along with the direction, script, mixed atmosphere and some dramatic moments.