Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writers:  Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast:      Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake

A week in the life of a struggling young folk singer as he tries to make it in the music scene, sleeping in his acquaintance's couches who generally doesn't like him. 

The great thing about the film is that protagonist is portrayed as a bit of a jerk who the audience shouldn't be rooting for but still end up wanting him to make it. But the loser stays as a loser and there is no happy Hollywood ending. One could say this is precisely why it didn't find any love when it came to academy awards nominations. The final scene has Llewyn exiting the pub making way for a young Bob Dylan.  Another great one from Coens who are on a roll since 'No Country For Old Men'. I even liked 'Burn After Reading'.

They initially looked for singers who can act since they wanted to shoot the songs with them sung live. They were unsuccessful and finally decided to go for actors who can sing and ended their search with Oscar Issac who does a very good job.

Rating: 4.5/5