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Inside Llewyn Davis
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Apr 1, 2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Coen Brothers

Actors:
Oscar Isaac
John Goodman
Garrett Hedlund

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A look into the life and trials of a struggling folk singer who never hesitates to roll to the dice when the chips are down in hopes of realizing his dream.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Before getting this flick in the mail, I had no idea who Llewyn Davis was. And why would I? Folk music isnt exactly my bag. Of course, that said, I wasnt exactly a Belieber when I reviewed NEVER SAY NEVER, and I actually enjoyed the film (I know, I feel dirty for saying it at this point, but theres no point in lying). I say this because INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is a beautiful film whether youre a fan or not.

Now when I say its beautiful, I mean just that, its gorgeous to look at. The way its filmed, the wardrobes, the city, its all captured in a magnificent way. The Coen boys still got game. The cast is also great. Im a huge Garrett Hedlund fan (dude still needs to find his niche) and John Goodmans always a delight. We couldve done without JT here, he feels bland and in no way helps the story, and as for Oscar Isaacs portrayal of Llewyn Davis, I thought he was on the money from what I can tell. Hes a cool character with lots of heartI love his arc with the cat. Priceless.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is yet another rise to fame origin story of a musician pitched in the same way weve seen a hundred times before. I liked it, but damn, its the same formula (more or less) as nearly every film like it that come beforetrust me, Ive reviewed a pile of them. Dudes down on his luck, the walls are caving in, trouble with the wife/family/whatever, and when all hope is lost, he gets that break and things turn around. Now I know theres far more to it than that, but as a guy who reviews these flicks time and time again, it feels like more of the same.
THE EXTRAS
Inside INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: An in-depth look at how the film came together via interviews with the cast, crew and lots of fellow musicians. Again, if I knew who this guy was, and was a fan, I wouldve definitely got more out of this.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I consider these flicks a necessary evil simply because theres a fan base for everything and everyone out there, and just because I dont belong to it, doesnt mean its garbage. If youre a Davis fan youll get the most out of it, but its still a good flick for music fans in general as well as everyone who loves a good underdog story.
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11:25AM on 04/02/2014
"...everyone who loves a good underdog story." This has got to be an April Fool's Day joke. No two ways around it.
"...everyone who loves a good underdog story." This has got to be an April Fool's Day joke. No two ways around it.
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4:12AM on 04/01/2014

To the author of this review...

You, uh, know Llewyn Davis is a fictional character, right? The movie was based loosely on Dave Van Ronk, but none of those songs were written by Davis--or by Ronk, for that matter. Anyway, just thought you should know.
You, uh, know Llewyn Davis is a fictional character, right? The movie was based loosely on Dave Van Ronk, but none of those songs were written by Davis--or by Ronk, for that matter. Anyway, just thought you should know.
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3:58PM on 04/01/2014
@ChinoMoreno7 He shouldn't be a critic because he obviously conducts zero research when writing reviews. It's funny though how you picked out the one thing I wrote in parenthesis, i.e. a point of minor relevance.
@ChinoMoreno7 He shouldn't be a critic because he obviously conducts zero research when writing reviews. It's funny though how you picked out the one thing I wrote in parenthesis, i.e. a point of minor relevance.
1:35PM on 04/01/2014
not sure if he finished the movie, it doesn't end with Davis' big break and growth as a person. He's actually not all that likable. He gives up and resorts to trying to go back to the merchant marines
not sure if he finished the movie, it doesn't end with Davis' big break and growth as a person. He's actually not all that likable. He gives up and resorts to trying to go back to the merchant marines
1:13PM on 04/01/2014
Guys, it's April's Fools Day. The review is obviously meant to be a joke.
Guys, it's April's Fools Day. The review is obviously meant to be a joke.
10:22AM on 04/01/2014
He shouldn't be a critic because he didn't like a universally praised movie? Right...
He shouldn't be a critic because he didn't like a universally praised movie? Right...
6:19AM on 04/01/2014
Haha, I thought he was kidding at first, but he actually thinks this is a biopic. Between that and the fact that he liked that fucking Bieber documentary (not to mention the nearly universal praise ILD received) this dude really shouldn't be a reviewer.
Haha, I thought he was kidding at first, but he actually thinks this is a biopic. Between that and the fact that he liked that fucking Bieber documentary (not to mention the nearly universal praise ILD received) this dude really shouldn't be a reviewer.
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