Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of Llewyn Davis, a wannabe folk singer with a recently deceased singing partner. The film follows a week of his life in 1961 as he faces problems with money, his family, an ex girlfriend who he accidentally impregnated, having a place to sleep at night and a cat that he accidentally let out and is now taking care of. It's a wild ride despite not having a very well set out plot.
Inside Llewyn Davis is a very unique and individual film. The film doesn't feature a variety of original ideas like Her did, but it's certainly a very unique and unforgettable movie. There's not really a definite plot in the film - it's more of just a circulation of events and messages. There are various messages given off in this film although they are so well hidden that I'm not even positive on what they are. I just know they made an impact and this is far from a negative thing. The film is a standout and will remain a standout for the rest of the year. It's an unforgettable experience.
The film is full of terrific performances. If I'm perfectly honest I'm in love with the month of January for films. A lot of other countries, America being the main one, are constantly complaining about the amount of crap being produced in January, but that's not the case for Australia. We get all the left over masterpieces that we didn't receive last year! The month is nearly over and that upsets me because it's a month where I get to enjoy mesmerising films, but what I've noticed about them all is that they all feature amazing performances. Inside Llewyn Davis is no exception. There wasn't a single performance in this film that was less than average. The cast itself is amazing and to make it better none of them disappointed.
Inside Llewyn Davis was, to my surprise, a very funny film. I'd seen the trailer for this films ages ago and really only remembered a couple of shots from it so I went into this film not knowing much. My main surprise was that the film was absolutely hilarious at many moments. The film's writing is just so intelligent and witty that some of the subplots themselves are hilarious. I have been very fond of seeing films without knowing much about them lately and I will presumably keep this up.
The direction in the film is incredibly powerful. I'm going to have to admit that I haven't actually seen too many films from Joel and Ethan Coen. In fact you're going to hate me even more because I haven't seen a single one other than this film, but I very much intend of watching otters. The two directors are so powerful in their directing style. They're so great that the audience won't even understand just how powerful they really were. They got everything they wanted to get across in a way that we weren't even aware of as I've touched on previously. I definitely intend on watching many of their other films.
The film is just a little too long at times. When I was in cinema I found the film to be too long at various occasions, but this isn't really the case when looking back over it. I really want to go see this film again because I originally thought it was too long in some scenes, but after a bit of thought and after I begun to look back over it, it didn't feel that long. This may be fairly confusing to some, but just go see the film and you'll understand where I'm coming from a day after.
To sum up Inside Llewyn Davis is an intelligently written film that's very unique and witty. The film is full of terrific performances and powerful direction. It is an unforgettable journey although just a little too long.
4 1/2 Stars