|Title:||Inside Llewyn Davis|
|Genre:||Non-Musical Music Film|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (10)
- Barton Fink
- The Big Lebowski
- Blood Simple
- Burn After Reading
- Miller's Crossing
- No Country for Old Men
- Raising Arizona
- A Serious Man
- True Grit
|04.16.14||Netflix|| Huh. You know while I was watching this I had two levels of thought going: one was that in the moment I was interested in seeing what happened next, but the other was that I sure hoped it went somewhere because I was unsure that I'd end up liking it as a hole. I rode most the movie that way, but the last few minutes really decided it for me. |
So it's not immediately clear whether we've glimpsed some purgatorial revolution in an undending cycle or if most of the movie was discreetly a flashback that we've returned to (I suspect the latter), but either way I like it. The ending gives the movie a purpose.
I was a bit conflicted though. I'm not a huge folk guy and not a huge Dylan fan although I have some intellectual idea of his impact on the genre. As such though, whenever Llewyn performs I'm not sure if I'm supposed to like it or not, perceive it as good or bad. I can't tell if I'm supposed to be sympathizing with a misunderstood talent or feeling sorry for the proficient yet uninspired performance. I feel like studios want to sell soundtracks right? so the music's probably supposed to be good? But then it's just a bigger bummer at the end when Dylan shows up to completely obliterate his rendition of Farewell. The one song that I know is supposed to be bad - Please, Mr. Kennedy - I actually liked the most. So who knows... I'm confused about the whole thing.
Other than that... my first impressions are that I liked it but not loved it. I'd certainly rate this higher than The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty and maybe also Burn After Reading, but it's also not in the pantheon of their top dozen films (each of which I would say I unabashedly love and could watch any time). We'll see if this opinion changes with time and thought.