Inside Llewyn Davis is the upcoming examination of a specific historical music culture from Ethan and Joel Coen. The film takes place over a week in the life of the eponymous character – loosely based on the real-life folk musician Dave van Ronk – as he navigates the New York Greenwich Village scene, back during the 1960s. Along the way, he inadvertently “steals” his neighbor’s cat, has a series of rough encounters with an eclectic collection of fellow musicians, and struggles to find any satisfaction in either his professional career or personal endeavors.
The second Llewyn Davis theatrical preview – not counting the early screening promo or red-band trailer – goes into these story details with greater depth than previous trailers. However, the Coen Brothers’ latest project is clearly more about the time, place and colorful characters who populate the film’s beautifully-shot setting (courtesy of cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel); not to mention, the sort of sardonic humor and peculiar moments where the Coens manage to be sincere and philosophical, yet not even remotely serious (see: Llewyn pondering the scribble graffiti on the inside of a bathroom stall).
… And I mean that in the most endearing sense possible, as someone who loves just about every movie the Coen Brothers have ever made (and is looking forward to seeing Inside Llewyn Davis on the big screen).
It’ll be interesting to see how Inside Llewyn Davis fares during the fast-approaching awards season, especially now that the marketing has begun for other Academy-friendly titles on the horizon. The Coen Brothers have won four Oscars total – for writing Fargo and writing, directing, and producing No Country for Old Men – which could have an effect on their chances of taking home even more golden statuettes (passing over whether they deserve them). Regardless, their new film seem very much worth checking out when it opens in theaters.
Oscar Isaac (The Bourne Legacy) is headlining as Llewyn Davis, with Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) playing opposite him as Llewyn’s sorta-ex-girlfriend. Rounding out the supporting cast are people like the Coen Brothers’ frequent collaborator John Goodman (The Monuments Men), Justin Timberlake (Runner Runner), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) and Adam Driver (Girls).
Inside Llewyn Davis begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on December 6th, 2013, before it goes wide two weeks later on the 20th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies