This is my favourite from the Coen brothers, and oh this is something, because I love even the worst one of them. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is **so beautiful**, and sincere with Llewyn and the people around him. I don't want it to end, but I'm very grateful that the Coen know exactly when to finish this.
Joel & Ethan at their most stylistically consistent (and dour); "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a moody, mature, understated tone-poem of a film that bravely laments a world where talent and success don't always (or even often) go hand-in-hand. What is the price of artistic integrity? Further proof that Isaac -- with his world-weary eyes and contemplative frown -- is one of the most versatile actors working today.
"How good you are doesn't always matter". It's surprising that two directors who so highly value efficiency should make their best film about a kind of artistic purgatory. Talent and ambition are only two parts of a tapestry that creates success, and for once the Coen's treat life's circus with some of the sadness that entails. They even dare to connect Davis' plight with the fate of a cat. Dense, realised, lovely.
It manages to combine existential crisis with quirky plots and characters, only to create a bittersweet tale about couple of wintry days in life of the main protagonist. Cozy aesthetics and interiors presented with fuscous cinematography, that feels both warm and dark, create a time capsule that also echos today's hipster fashion, while the movie remains an atmospheric and pastoral experience, worth of going back to.
Une superbe bande sonore musicale, fortement présente et discrète à la fois, un acteur étonnant de concision et d'imprégnation dans l'interprétation de son personnage, pour un ensemble parfaitement maîtrisé auquel nous reprocherons uniquement l'inutile redondance finale, pesante et surnuméraire... www.cinefiches.com
In the same way Tarantino knows everything about violence and nothing about suffering (got that from somebody), the Siamese Coenheads know everything about character actor's parts, but zero about humans. (Dave van Ronk is a genius as underappreciated as the Coens are over-.) Don't get me wrong, I love some of their films, but they believe in Nussing and it really shows. They're wrong AND they're a couple of assholes.