Inside Llewyn Davis
In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
My opinion : Inside Llewyn Davis’s main strength is its lack of the Oscar bait melodramatic features we’d normally see in a film following a story such as this one. The coldness and sincerity here provokes interest in the viewer, and marks the somewhat difficult path of an artist scattering through the wintry paysage of New York City, attempting to find a way through the music industry, despite the late death of his ex partner, a wound whom our protagonist has not quite healed from yet. To be quite frank I am a sucker for melancholic films such as “Paris, Texas”, “The Mirror” or “The Sacrifice”, and though the Coen brothers have pulled off quite a realistic melancholic film, I did not find myself investing, there truly isn’t very much happening, and there is nothing particularly memorable about this film. The performances are very good, and some parts of the cinematography are brilliant but others are downright disappointing. We feel bad for our protagonist, and despite being a flawed man we will continue to admire his passion for getting into the music industry, but the reality of it is that this just isn’t a very good film. 69/100