The Coen Brothers latest film, similar in tone to more of their later work especially "A Serious Man," takes a glimpse at the folk scene in New York City. With beautiful cinematography and powerful performances, this small film is not one to be missed.
A week in the life of Llewyn Davis (played soothingly by Oscar Isaac) introduces us to all sorts of characters in the early 1960s. From a harsh but lovable Carey Mulligan, who plays a woman Llewyn "impregnates," to a tough as nails John Goodman, the fun never seems to end….for us. For Llewyn, it's hard times as he comes to a realization that he might not be cut out for the music scene.
And then there's the cat. The wonderful orange cat that provides a plot device and a welcome escape from some of the more folksy music pushed throughout the film.
Perhaps one of the most powerful scenes in the film is when Llewyn seeks out producer Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham.) In an extremely honest and heartbreaking moment, the truth of being an artist, and in this case a musician, is no better personified than through this conversation and its silent implications.
In the end, you can always count on the Coen Brothers to make you think. For what you assume is heading towards a traditional ending, instead pulls you back to review what the film was about as a whole. Nothing fancy. Nothing action packed. Just the Coen Brothers.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is currently playing in theaters and will be released on DVD March 11, 2014.