Inside Llewyn Davis Review

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 3.13.18 PM     Stuck in the barren wasteland for new films known as Chiapas I will most likely not be able to watch Hail, Caesar! (my 16th pick on my most anticipated films of 2016), thus I decided to go back and watch the Coen Brother’s previous film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Following King Midas’s idiot brother (as he is referred to in the film), Llewyn is a Welsh named folk-tale artist whose life seems to be placed underneath a cloud of shit that constantly pours down on him. He’s homeless, penny-less, and somehow managed to ruin a relationship with Carrey Mulligan who reunites with him with his lover from Drive, except she plays a very spiteful character in this film. As for actor combinations we also get to view a scene involving Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver singing about space which is just incredible considering they’re now some of the best characters in the new Star Wars film. As for the mentioned singing in the film, wow, Oscar Isaac can sing effortlessly, but the songs in this also function as a very intelligent use of exposition where Llewyn conveys his feelings and emotions via what he decides to sing and play during that very moment, so when you put together the lyrics of whatever he’s singing and the scenes prior to the moment you get this gut-punch kind-of feel when you realize his state of emotion. This use of brilliant exposition paired with Isaac’s beautiful singing adds a dimension of truth to the film in which you actually believe Isaac to be this struggling-musician. Unlike the crazy cult-comedies I love from the Coen Brothers such as Raising Arizona or The Big Lebowski, Inside Llewyn Davis, takes the emotional maturity the Coen’s demonstrated they were capable of in A Serious Man and cranks it up to 11 as I do believe that Inside Llewyn Davis is an underrated masterpiece when it comes to the way it deals with human emotion  through an absurdist’s point-of-view and because of that the film gains a Tarkovsky-like essence that permeates your surrounding as you watch try to survive in the most mundane sense of the word. Sure, I’ve mentioned the guy’s acting skills in other films and his talent as a singer in this film, but I proclaim that this is the best work I’ve seen from Oscar Isaac as a leading role, narrowly beating out A Most Violent Year. With the hypnotic presence of Tarkovsky and an amazing tale about the depths of emotion that manages to mix comedy and drama seamlessly, Inside Llewyn Davis is a Coen Bros.’s achievement in cinema and a 93 out of 100, au revoir.

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