Still on the Outside
Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) use to be part of a singing duo but now he is trying to make it on his own. Not easy when his bed is whoever's couch he can sleep on whilst trying to find a house cat which he accidentally let escape. Throw in his friend's wife who he slept with announcing she is pregnant and things are really not going well and maybe for Llewyn it maybe time to give up on the dream and head back in to the merchant navy.
Simple lesson which anyone passionate about cinema should learn: a movie can still be good even if you didn't enjoy it. I didn't enjoy "Inside Llewyn Davis", yes some of it grabbed my attention, mainly the musical scenes, but from a storyline point of view I found it a meandering rather than incredible journey as we follow Llewyn tumble from one day to another. Yes this is very much a life in freefall as each day things seem to get worse but not once did it genuinely enthral or entertain me.
But whilst it would take a lot to convince me to watch "Inside Llewyn Davis" again I can't deny that the Coen's have crafted a nice looking movie. Scene after scene is rich in style and they nicely interweave comedy and drama so there is a constant rise and fall. Plus there is Oscar Isaac who delivers a strong performance which in truth constantly reminded me of Jake Johnson both in looks but also when it comes to delivering the humour.
What this all boils down to is that "Inside Llewyn Davis" was not for me, the whole nature of the storyline failed to grab me. But at the same time it is a nicely crafted movie with nice acting and attractive cinematography.