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Coen Brothers Golden for Globe

inside llewyn davis

Oscar Isaac is Llewyn Davis.  The question is, who are they?  And the answer is a masterful creation from the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan.  ’Inside Llewyn Davis’ examines the developing stages of the career of a folk singer in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s.  Oscar Isaac stars as Llewyn Davis, a womanizing, writer, singer, performer who’s deal with a burned-out manager wields little to no interest from radio, major record labels, or venues outside Greenwich Village.  The intertwining of Llewyn’s personal and professional life make for a dramatic and comedic feast served by the masterful writing of the Coen brothers and coruscating music production of T. Bone Burnett.  Fans of the Coens and T. Bone Burnett will flock to the theater to see this one.  However, just as the Coen Brothers films ‘Barton Fink’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’  took time to find their legs and have become classics, I believe ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ will too.

Critics are loving this one.  Casting Oscar Isaac in the lead was ideal as he actually sings and plays guitar in the film.  Justin Timberlake’s brief appearances in the movie as Jim is poignant in setting up Llewyn’s dedicated attempts at success.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ won the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Award and has been nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards – Best Actor: Oscar Isaac, Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical, and Best Original Song: ‘Please Mr. President’ written by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T. Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, and Joel and Ethan Coen.

This film was a great way to begin my 2014 movie viewing.  It gets 4 out of five reels.

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