OrangeJoelius’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first time I tried to watch this, I was super PO’d the whole time over something unrelated that happened earlier in the day (nothing serious, it’s all good now!) so every tiny nitpick rubbed me the wrong way. I’m really glad though that (A.) my file glitched out 40 minutes in and I had to stop that viewing, and (B.) that I was able to successfully DVD-rip and convert a copy to my iPod and watch it in a much more receptive frame of mind.
Tbh, the first almost 40 or so minutes still felt a bit sloggy on this watch and I didn’t get too invested in the almost cartoony quirkiness of some of the characters and dialogue. From the doctor’s office onward though, it starts to get a little more introspective. There’s still quirky stuff happening, but it feels less distractingly artificial ‘cuz now the focus is on Llewyn’s sense of loss and how it’s affecting him. Neither the film nor I condone his way of being, but it’s hard not to feel for someone like that who’s painfully aware of his faults and where they’re taking him.
I’m glad I liked this as much as I hoped I would, even if the first 40 minutes didn’t live up to that promise for me. Light 8/10, sez me!
P.S. About a half-hour before the end, there’s a car scene where the radio’s playing a doo-wop version of “Old Macdonald” by NOLAN STRONG & THE DIABLOS, OH MY GOD, THE SSS-TIER PROTO-MOTOWN MAIN MAN ON THE SOUTH SIDE, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT, GLORIOUS 10/10 KINO, WHO DOESN’T LOVE NOLAN STRONG & THE DIABLOS?!?!, SMOKEY ROBINSON LOVES ‘EM, LOU REED LOVES ‘EM, MY MAIN MAN FROM THE NORTH SIDE JONATHAN RICHMAN LOVES ‘EM, I’M LISTENING TO ‘EM RIGHT NOW, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!????!??!?