Written December 14, 2013
This high definition dark despairing movie is for all creative beings who dreamed of creating a new voice of meaning and substance from polishing the old forms of old 2 3 4 part harmonies in old familiar folk songs -or any old form, and the pain and power of finding your voice from the the despair one feels from conflict and fear of 1) not-reliving my fathers mistakes 2) losing our humanity-when you must go on, when you lost your child, lost your cat, lost your girlfriend - ALL out of inflated sense of self absorbed calouse disregard of others struggling all alone to find meaning... and it leaves you lost, beat up in the ally, rejected by the promoter who does see money in it, made you wanna hang it up and ship out to sea....and as you express all that with feeling in a song now alone.... someone else comes along Bob Dylan and captures the moment - holding higher than you the torch of enlightenment to a new generation....This movie's somber stark haunting realism celebrates.
Written February 23, 2014
Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961, Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving winter, which is truly metaphorical of the artist's life, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—many of them of his own making, some by his lack of humanity on his own part, some due to his almost autistic way of traveling thru life.
It is a Coen Brothers tale told well, if not depressing in nature, but then one does not go to a Coen brothers film to be uplifted.
Written December 11, 2016
If you want to go to a see someone play out at a club, you might enjoy this movie. But if you wanted to see a movie, then if you've seen the trailer, you've seen the entire movie. I like so many Cohen Brothers movies and I like unusual movies about unusual characters. But bottom line, I like MOVIES...things with a plot. I hate to be so harsh, but as far as a movie plot goes... the only thing that was interesting was the cat. Oscar Isaac does a nice job of acting and I enjoyed his singing. But his acting and singing was stuck in the middle of a TON of unconnected parts of somebody's ramblings that never went anywhere at all. I have no idea what I just spent my money on and I don't mean that in a good way.
Written January 22, 2017
When I used the restroom in the middle of the movie, I considered staying in there and playing Works with Friends, just to kill the time. Dark, boring, no plot, what a waste of time. Why did anyone bother making a movie like this? My mom wanted to see it so I just went with her w/o looking at these reviews first, like I normally do, wish I had!
Written December 28, 2013
This movie had NONE of what you are used to from Coen Brothers films. No memorable characters, no witty dialogue, no great acting. Its as if everyone was forced to shoot a movie that didn't really even have a script. Zero character development, so it was hard to feel for anyone, even the main character. I really have no idea how its been getting such terrific reviews, easily the worst Coen Brothers movie of all time and not worthy of its acclaim.