Sean’s review published on Letterboxd:
In my experience, the world's divided into two kinds of people. Those who divide the world into two kinds of people...
A dazed shuffle through a hazy fog, Inside Llewyn Davis is a study of presence and perspective. I myself enjoy folk music, but as Llewyn says, "If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it's a folk song." What may provide some with perpetual bliss may also serve to poison others whose relationship with it has stagnated. In a world that over-monetizes every marketable form of art, the artist is often left apathetic and uninspired by a cutthroat industry that cannot understand or empathize. Perhaps that is what makes art so appealing, that all the best works of art tell a tragic story. It's a vicious cycle of artists being repressed by society, pushing them to express their angst through their art. Things will never change unless we change our collective selves.
I really enjoy the Coen brothers' direction here, scenes passing through time that give you exactly enough time to capture each moment. It's like a self aware entity that's stuck in its' present, but might as well revel in the surrounding life passing it by. I think I might adopt a cat now.