Inside Llewyn Davis

Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac) is at a crossroads and struggling to make is as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles- some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, Llewyn's misadventures take him from the baskethouses of Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club- on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul- and back again. Brimming with music performed by Issac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis is an epic on an intimate scale.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE I
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 104 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
widescreen (1.85:1), 24 fps, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
Additional Contributors: Coen, Ethan screenwriter, film director, film producer, film editor
Coen, Joel screenwriter, film director, film producer, film editor
Rudin, Scott 1958-, film producer
Isaac, Oscar Actor
Mulligan, Carey 1985-, Actor
Goodman, John 1952-, Actor
Hedlund, Garrett 1985-, Actor
Abraham, F. Murray Actor
Timberlake, Justin 1981-, Actor
CBS Films presenter, production company
Studio Canal presenter, production company
Anton Capital Entertainment (Firm) production company
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm) film distributor


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Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

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If the storyline's intent is to depict a week in the life of a loser, then this movie's done it. It's a movie where you want to feel sorry for the guy and for the misfortunes to finally turn around, but such is not the ending of a complete loser.

Nov 07, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another winner from the Coen Brothers. Details the pre-Dylan folk scene in Greenwich Village. Multi layered: As with most of the Co-Bro films, it should be watched multiple time to get all the pieces. Why is John Goodman so good in their movies and not funny in anything else ? Did the movie end where it started ? Another great soundtrack, as well.

Oct 21, 2014
  • stuart_lederer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As usual, I disagree with just about every comment. This movie is a masterpiece! And the critics agree (it got a Metascore of around 95, which I have only seen a couple of times in my lifetime); although, I NEVER base my opinions on critical raves... it's just nice to see that SOMEONE agrees with me.
Llewyn Davis is a drunken loser whose former musical partner committed suicide before the timeline of this story occurs. He can't do anything right, yet the world also seems to be working against him. It is a dark film with some brilliant comical relief. There is NO real plot (which even the Coen Bros. admit... which is why the claim they added the cat). This is, however, a poignant slice of misery which is served to the audience in the form of a week in the life of an artist who's best efforts are like the proverbial "tree in the forest" that no one hears fall.
If you own a Blu-ray player to watch your favorite movies, this might be too deep for you. I loved this film though, so I'm sure some of you may enjoy it. John Goodman and Justin Timberlake were perfectly cast, as was Isaacs in the lead.
I read that Suzanne Vega thought it painted a bleak picture of what was actually a thriving and joyous Village folk music scene (I'm paraphrasing here, but this is the crux of her review). Well Suzanne, you were 4 years old and on the West coast in 1961, so I'll take that comment as foolhardy at best (despite your artistic accomplishments, I can assure you that a "scene" which may be joyous for some is going to be excruciating for most - those who will not be nearly as successful as you have been, thanks in large part to MTV nearly 20 years AFTER this story takes place).
And again, it is fiction, just a story...but one that has changed me forever and certainly 'raises the bar' on my movie-watching expectations.

Oct 19, 2014
  • voisjoe1_0 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Llewyn Davis is trying to make it as a folk singer in Greenwich Village in the sixties. Out of every Llewyn trying to make it, there are probably a million not making it anywhere. Llewyn is representative of the million that don’t make more than a few bucks of chump change for every gig they can get. I’ve been to a few jazz concerts where for the first set there were only me and three others in the audience. And in the second set, the three others were really part of the band so I got to see two whole concerts where I was the only one really in the audience. This happens a lot to musicians that have their own idea of what they want to sing and or play. Since folk music is no longer my favorite, I can only give this three stars. If you stick to the end, the very last singer/player is the one that really made it in Greenwich Village. In the credits he is known as Young Bob. If you don’t know who that is supposed to be, then really, this movie is not for you.

Sep 26, 2014
  • decarabas rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This reminds me of the moody art films I used to love when I was young. I can see the Coen Bros were trying to portray a story with some truth to it (ie most people, even if they are talented, will struggle and likely not succeed) but something was missing. I feels like Llewyn's story would have been a better 'B plot' to a larger movie. Yeah, it's true that for the vast majority of people life is a B plot but this is a movie, dammit! People don't want to spend their time/money watching a B plot.

Given that I don't particularly love folk music this may be an unfair review, but I just found this movie incredibly dull. Llewyn is a selfish, narcissistic, boring lead in a story that goes nowhere.

Sep 08, 2014
  • ramrob_0 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

i am glad i watched this movie
I almost did not watch it after
reading the comments. It just
goes to show you a person
should judge a movie, or book
for themselves.

Aug 21, 2014
  • COURIER3 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.


Aug 16, 2014
  • SilkyNara rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not my cup of tea? Not sure about this production. Trotted out the usual demi-monde situations but story and lead wasn't compelling. Must admit that the ending was provocative. Wish that had been the case with the majority of the film.

Aug 14, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Good acting and some good music. Other than that, this was a total waste of 2 hours. There was no pint to the story.

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Jun 25, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

Jun 25, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Jun 01, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Davis: Don't give me rules. You
play what you play.
Goodman: Well, you don't, but in jazz, you know, we play all the notes.
Twelve notes in a scale, dipshit,
not three chords on a ukulele.
G, G, C, G. ... C, D, G.
Well, if you make a living
at it, more power to you. ...
Solo act?
Davis: Yeah, now.
Goodman: Now?
Used to, what,
work with the cat?
Every time you play a C
major, he'd puke a hair ball?

May 20, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jean: "Do you ever think about the future at all?!?" Llewyn Davis: ".. The future? You mean like flying cars? Hotels on the moon? Tang?"


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