⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars

Quick Verdict – That singer is a prick, but I do like him


Well Ethan and Joel Coen have got a knack of making great music based films. I love O Brother, Where Art Thou? So was keen to get my hands on a copy of Inside Llewyn Davis, and it doesn’t disappoint. I’m still singing the opening number now.

Set during a week back in 1961. We follow Llewyn (Oscar Isaac), a local Folk singer as he sleeps from couch to couch round New York’s Greenwich Village. He’s joined by Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman, oh and a cat. The cat is awesome.

Now it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, it is in Coen style, and is a slow burner. Also, you could find yourself thinking that the main character is a bit of a prick. Understandable, he does possibly get his friend’s girlfriend pregnant, loses a cat, shouts at most people and has to sleep on people’s couches. Although you may find yourself still liking him despite all these things, like me.

Like most Coen Brother’s films, parts of the story are left hanging, you have to wonder what happened. Something that I think is missing from a lot of movies these days. What’s wrong with using your imagination?

Lastly, I couldn’t review this film without talking about the music. Obviously your taste will depend on your thoughts, but I loved every song. It’s a style of Folk music I really like, Hang Me, Oh Hang Me and Fare Thee Well, being the stand out songs, and Justin Timberlake is great also, his song with Carey Mulligan, Five Hundred Miles and his hit Please Mr. Kennedy are highlights too.

Its drama and comedy, classically mixed to produce a wonderful film you laugh and cry at. ‘George Washington Bridge? You throw yourself off the Brooklyn Bridge, traditionally. George Washington Bridge? Who does that?’

Watch this if you like –

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou
  • Fargo
  • Drive