To flicks to see Inside Llewyn Davis this week. The thing about the Cohen Brothers’ films is that they are an acquired taste. Sometimes I think I have acquired it – O Brother Where Art Thou, A Serious Man, The Hudsucker Proxy. Sometimes definitely not – No Country for Old Men (Very Nasty) Millers Crossing (Quite Nasty) Fargo (Nasty pretending it wasn’t nasty) Sometimes I can sit through the films and not have the faintest idea what is going on. Barton Fink was a complete mystery from beginning to and was also quite nasty.
Inside Llewyn Davis is a movie about the folk scene in New York in 1961. Llewyn Davis is a folk singer for whom very little goes right and then it goes wrong again. Please see following bullet points for my considered opinion. May contain spoilers but as this is a Cohen movie – you may not understand them anyway.
- This is beautifully shot. The colours, the muted tones, the attention to detail seem perfect to me. I can’t claim to be an expert on early sixties New York but it looked spot on to me.
- Carey Mulligan has a real presence. She isn’t in this that much to be honest but when she is around – you don’t look at anyone else.
- I love the courage the Cohens have just to take a fraction of a time – almost a story without a beginning middle or end and just show it – without any closure or redemption – and still hold you. It’s very clever.
- I hate folk music. I try not to but I do. All that “leaving of Liverpool” droning on. No wonder people were so depressed. Do not try to convert me.
So was the film good? It was really good. A bit strange but good.