Oscar Isaac stars as Llewyn Davis in the Coen brothers take on the 60s folk scene. The film is a melancholy look at a singer whose time has past and is having troubles coming to terms with life.
When people think of exciting, the folk scene doesn’t immediately come to mind. You’d expect nothing but bearded country men playing banjos drinking whiskey, which Isaac’s Llewyn Davis immediately disproves.
The film follows Llewyn as he couch surfs through Greenwich village, trying to make a living as a solo folk singer. He gained notoriety with his partner Timlin, until he jumped off the Washington bridge.
For the majority of the film, Llewyn makes a series of douches decisions or just has plan bad luck, making it sometime uncomfortable to watch.
This discomfort however is what makes the film great. The gritty realism of it draws you in on Llewyn’s life and Isaac’s expert acting makes it as though you’ve known Llewyn his whole life.
While the rest of the ensemble get little time to shine, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Carey mulligan, and Adam driver use the little time they have to not only make a dent in Llewyn’s life, but on the viewer as well.
While the story hardly resolves any of the issues it started with, (and only created more) it’s the relatable choices that Llewyn makes that focus in on the character driven story.
The subtle 60s feel as well as the melancholy and nostalgic tone really put you in the fore front of the movie and do as much explaining as the characters.
While the film leaves you with a sour taste, it does its job in getting the point across that life is hard, and it does it pretty damn well.