Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★★½

A handful of filmmakers simply have to announce they will be working on a new project and that work immediately jumps to my most anticipated list, and I don't need to know a single actor or plot point to find that excitement. The Coens are on that list, creating such masterful works as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and A Serious Man (although shamefully I am yet to see a few of their earlier beloved films like Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink).

I knew very little of Inside Llewyn Davis besides that it was a Coen Bros. film about a folk singer in the 60's starring Oscar Isaac. Plenty of knowledge for me to assume it would be a wonderful cinematic experience, and it met those expectations. Featuring incredible music and their typical comedic beats that always hit the right notes, this films finds a perfect balance between the eccentric characters and necessary charm to put a smile on my face, but also the fascinating dour life of a man unsuccessfully trying to find his place in the folk music scene. Hell, he has enough trouble just trying to find a couch to sleep on at night, as he alienates old friends and new faces along the way while dealing with his internal struggles of personal success and also the loss of his musical partner.

I could have just listened to this film with my eyes closed and still given it a positive review, with dialogue that is so clever and natural and then a soundtrack that is amongst the best I have heard in quite some time. Add this to the list of films by the Coens that I will find endlessly rewatchable for years to come, my adoration for what they accomplished only growing with time.

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