Written January 21, 2014
Inside Llewyn Davis had potential to be so much more. While the sets, scenes, costumes for the period piece were enthralling and the good acting can't be denied, the characters and plot were empty and depressing and left me empty and depressed, after watching it. If that is what Joel and Ethan Coen were after in writing and directing this story, they certainly achieved their goal. It is a depressing trip to nowhere with a group of sad misfits, that made me want to throw myself off a bridge and put myself out of the misery of their company and that life. Be warned: Do Not Take a Date, or it may be an early evening!
Written December 09, 2013
I am baffled how this movie got such great reviews. The best I can say was that it was absorbing. However, the plot is very thin, and the movie was very slow. I would only recommend seeing it to people who want to see if they can figure out what all the hype was about.
Written March 02, 2014
Maybe that was the point, that the main character was going nowhere, but he was so pathetic and the movie was such a downer that it offset the fine writing and otherwise interesting characters. But kudos to Justin Timberlake, who adds further evidence that he just may be the most talented all-around performer of his generation.
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.