Monday, December 23, 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis

Art imitating life, in its purest form. Inside Llewyn Davis is a very simple film about a man playing folk music in the Greenwich Village scene in the 1960's, and about how life isn't always what we want it to be. We go to movies because its how we wish life was, but sometimes we like a story that we all can relate to. He faces real problems, makes hard decisions, meets strange and unique people, laughs, cries and all the things that real people do in real situations. All the story telling aspects aside, it is one of the best looking movies of the year, if not the most beautiful. It's very somber, beautiful and filled with great music (if you like folk music) and it is the most refreshing film I have seen since Take Shelter. Easily in my top 5 films of the year. It's also nice to see the Coen Brothers doing something that isn't the norm for them. They basically have 2 films; Raising Arizona and Blood Simple, and have been doing different forms of those films (Hudsucker Proxy and Fargo, The Big Lebowski and Miller's Crossing, Burn After Reading and The Man Who Wasn't There). Not that I am calling the Coen's a "one trick pony", but they clearly know what kind of films they like making and never in a thousand years would I imagine them making something like this, and I am glad they did, because this is film making at it's best and I can't imagine this concept being this perfect from anyone else. Because the Coen's know that their is a balance to everything, they get everything right. I recommend it to lover's of film, music, and someone who just wants a more real story about a real person with real struggles.
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