Ethan and Joel Coen put their sardonic wit to great use, with their examinations of times and places like Depression-era Mississippi (O’Brother, Where Art Thou?), Hollywood in the 1940s (Barton Fink) and even 1960s Jewish suburbia (A Serious Man). The setting for their upcoming movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, is the 1960s Greenwich Village scene, and that fits nicely with the eclectic collection of historical backdrops featured in previous Coen Brothers’ projects.
The new trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis is the third released online (after a special screening preview and red band promo), but the first to win the all-audiences stamp of approval from the MPAA. It’s also one of the best-edited trailers in recent memory, with regard to how it perfectly encapsulates the bleakly-comical tone of the film – and introduces the various characters in the story – yet, the trailer spoils little and is even a pleasure to listen to (thanks to the accompanying rendition of “Dink’s Song”).
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a rough week in the life of the titular folk singer (Oscar Isaac), as he struggles and makes his way around Greenwich Village in 1961, with his guitar and orange tabby in hand. The Coen Brothers directed from their original script – partly inspired by Dave van Ronk’s memoir “The Mayor of MacDougal Street” – with a supporting cast that includes Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Justin Timberlake (Runner Runner), Garrett Hedlund (On the Road) and the Coens’ frequent collaborator John Goodman.
Isaac, playing Llewyn Davis, looks and sounds pitch-perfect, as the stereotypical anti-establishment New York artist who existed back in 1960s (one who has been filtered through the Coen Brothers’ perspective). He’s like Peggy’s ex-boyfriend Abe on Mad Men, had the character been written by the same guys responsible for making George Clooney act like a dunce not once, but three times onscreen (see: O’Brother…, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading).
Similarly, the rest of the cast is excellent and really look their parts well, thanks to their retro clothing, beards and hairdos (gotta love Goodman’s bowl cut). All of the characters from Inside Llewyn Davis seems like strange denizens who populate some kind of familiar, yet far away, fairy tale world, thanks to the shot choices and visual style favored by the Coens and director of photography Bruno Delbonnel (Amélie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince).
Early word from the festival circuit is that Inside Llewyn Davis is – no surprise – yet another creative triumph for the Coen Brothers. Having said that, it’s still encouraging to hear that the film’s trailers are just the tip of the iceberg (as far as the quality material that the movie has to offer goes).
Inside Llewyn Davis opens in U.S. theaters on December 6th, 2013.
Source: The Film Stage