What a folky despair…
Folk singer Llewyn Davis can’t seem to catch a break. He is selfish and arrogant. He is lost in his own world of misery, pain and confusion. He lives in the 60s in Greenwich, New York. With his guitar tow on one hand and a cat on the other, Llewyn Davis has no place to call home. For now, he is just drifting around and sleeping on his friend’s sofa. Directed by my favourite duo: Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis is not your average “music” flick. At first, I thought this is an autobiography of some folk singer we never heard about. Instead, Inside Llewyn Davis explores deeper about the singers in the 60s. What’s make Inside Llewyn Davis interesting is the character itself. Davis is some sort of douche. He is very self-absorbed and somewhat unattached. I know many people who doesn’t like the main character but I find him interesting. He is a failure who can’t accept his fate – who doesn’t want to root for this guy?
It is not the Coen brothers film if they don’t toy with symbolism subtext. With Inside Llewyn Davis, they subtly mocked the society and the capitalism standard we are living in. The money, the jobs, the fame we crave so desperately. The society looked down on a jobless man with no future and destination, he is a rotten good so to speak. But, when we closely look at Llewyn Davis, he is the only character in the film who is satisfy with his life. Playing Llewyn Davis is the amazing Oscar Isaac, who gave his all for the role and he breaks my heart with his inspiring performance. In the supporting roles are Justin Timberlake as Davis’ pal who is successful and Carey Mulligan as Davis’ ex who might be pregnant with his child. The interactions between the three are engaging, as well as the songs the three performed.
Inside Llewyn Davis is easily one of my favourites film in 2013, as well as a welcome change from Joel and Ethan Coen.
Here is the snippet of Five Hundred Miles from the movie: