Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★

A week-in-the-life of struggling fictional folk singer/bit of a dick Llewyn Davis.

The Coen's enjoyable if unremarkable gentle comedy drama has it's moments; there's some interesting characters, some funny lines and it creates a believable slice of 1961 America.

However that's about it. Both the comedy and drama are muted, along with the colours and look of the film, it doesn't really go anywhere, and there's no arc for any of the characters. As Joel Coen says "the film doesn't really have a plot. That concerned us at one point; that's why we threw the cat in."

Although the film is partly inspired by the autobiography of real life folk singer Dave Van Ronk I'm not sure it says much about him or the music scene at the time.

Perhaps like folk music itself it's pleasant enough in the right setting but I wouldn't rush to see it.


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