Flash Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Hope is such a funny thing. In some circumstances it is the life preserver that keeps you afloat during the rough choppy waters of doubt and fear. When one has to wait for test results, hope is there to carry them through the days. There are times though where hope drives us crazy as if it greased the wheels of one’s reasoning, making them skid across the roads of reality and sanity. Checking one’s email account for an email or voice messages for that one call, hoping the person you just met keeps their promise to contact you for a date, as you refuse to make any plans yet for the weekend. This would be the wicked side of hope. The dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. It says nothing about it helping or hindering us. In this latest dramatic film from the writing and directing team of Ethan and Joel Coen (The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men) hope was the only thing musician Llewyn Davis, played by Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Drive), had as he tried to make it in the New York folk scene back in the 1960’s. This Golden Globe nominated black and white movie was meticulously filmed down to each detail. The set pieces and scenes had the Coen Brothers’ special way of evoking emotions out of both the characters and viewers. I do not believe everyone will be familiar with the Fred Harvey rest stop oasis, but it was priceless to see one of them in a scene. If I am not mistaken they were in only one state in America where they spanned across the highway. Besides the outstanding acting from Oscar, I thought the acting was equally well done by Carey Mulligan (An Education, The Great Gatsby) as Jean and John Goodman (Argo, Roseanne-TV) as Roland Turner. In fact, I think John is one of the best character actors working in movies today. As for the story I enjoyed most of it, though I felt at times it was meandering about, leaving uncertain conclusions. The ending left me a little cold. I am not sure this film festival winning movie will please everyone. Music lovers will certainly enjoy this musical movie; at least I hope so.


3 1/3 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 26, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I have enjoyed reading your reviews, but I have to ask why did you write ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is a black and white film? Btw I enjoyed Llewyn a lot LOT more than Wolf and Hustle. Highly recommend ‘Her’.
    I love yoga too. Do you teach Kundalini?

    • The reason I wrote a black and white film was due to my faulty memory. What I should have written was a predominately grey and white film, with subdued splashes of color. To answer your question about yoga, I teach hatha and a westernized ashtanga yoga aka power yoga. Also, I created a hybrid class titled YogaRide which is 1/2 cycle and 1/2 yoga, using the cycle bikes as an assist to some of the yoga poses. Thank you for coming by Matthew and leaving your comments; they are much appreciated.

      • Thanks for clarifying about ILD.
        Your yoga classes sound great! I have been learning Kundalini for many years now. I was brought to it by the exceptional beginner classes by (former?) University of Alaska teacher Nirvair Singh Khalsa. Out of interest, have you released any videos on yoga?

      • Hey Matthew, That is wonderful to hear about your yoga practice and dedication. I have not released any videos and am touched for you even asking. It is funny participants usually request for an audio recording of my voice taking them through a relaxation sequence during savasana. lol Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments.

      • You’re welcome. I look forward to reading more reviews from your great blog. Cheers.

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