Movie review – Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

In Joel & Ethan Coen’s latest production, they follow the life of a folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) for a week.

The movie is partly based on the autobiography of folk singer Dave Van Ronk.

Davis is a struggling musician living in Greenwich Village in New York City.  He doesn’t have his own apartment and lives between family and friends.

When leaving the Gorfeins’ apartment their ginger cat escapes.  He catches the cat and can’t get back into the apartment so he takes it to his friend Jean (Carey Mulligan) and asks her to keep it until the Gorfeins arrive home.  Jean tells him that she may be pregnant with his child and that she wants to have an abortion which he must pay for.  In trying to raise the money he agrees to sing with her husband Jim (Justin Timberlake) as part of the “John Glenn Singers” for $200 and no royalties.

The movie continues with Davis making his way to Chicago in a bitterly cold winter and realising that the biggest problem in his life may well be himself.

The movie has been nominated for two Oscars – Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing.

Despite a good performance by Oscar Isaac and the occasional comedy, I was totally bored after the first 30 minutes of this movie.

The movie also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.

Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen

Running time – 105 minutes