Written December 23, 2013
As a 19 year old college student in 1961, I spent many nights at the Gaslight listening to Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk. Noel Stookey, Hugh Romney and others. The atmosphere there was joyous. This movie is mighty bleak, and despite the claims of the producers, and media, definitely NOT authentic. For starters, the audience at the Gaslight was not allowed to applaud. We were told that, due to complaints from residents of apartments above, we had to snap our fingers instead. How could the Coen brothers and everyone else involved get that wrong? Snapping fingers was a defining part of the Gaslight experience.
The character representing Tom Paxton, rather than appearing as an extremely talented, entertaining and personable guy, is portrayed as a sort of mediocre sap. What an insult.
I really couldn't find any redeeming quality in the movie. Oscar Issac has no soul in his musical performances. Van Ronk was all soul and guts. The hype about this movie is just that. It is not worth seeing.
Written May 27, 2015
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 March 07, 2014
The Cohen brothers are probably the most unique filmmakers in the business. Joel and Ethan Cohen are so different that other films out can accurately be described as having that Cohen look, even when neither brothers are involved. Inside Llewyn Davis , is another film that belongs in their time capsule of superb filmmaking.
The movie follows a struggling folk singer who is on the brink of being a full blown failure. He's not the most likable character but is probably the most empathetic character that the Cohen brothers have ever produced. We get the image of flawed man who is trying to get a piece of that big pie in the sky.
The film maybe categorized as being a node to Bob Dylan, and it certainly does in many ways but Davis comes off as another forgotten ghost in the early sixties folk scene in the Greenwich Village.
A must go for any Cohen fan! and while your at it dust off some of hothouse old folk records! you may learn something about life.
Written July 06, 2015
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 November 26, 2015
Enjoyable entertainment. Worth seeing. Music was excellent. A slice of life in the early 60's in the Village about a young man who has lost his musical partner and stubbornly presses on by himself. I would recommend the picture.