Inside Llewyn Davis

2 February 2014

Have you seen Inside Llewyn Davis yet? If not, go and see it immediately. If so, hooray isn't it wonderful?! Pull up a chair, let's talk about how fantastic it is!

Set during the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, Inside Llewyn Davis follows the eponymous hero from shadowy folk clubs to the couches of various friends and acquaintances as he struggles to make a name for himself as a solo artist without sacrificing his own credibility.

There is a cloud of restless discontentment surrounding Llewyn as he makes his way through life, well the brief glimpse into his life that we're given. His closest relationships appear to be with a folk singing husband and wife duo, Jim (an uncomplicated, affable Justin Timberlake) and Jean (Carey Mulligan as you've never seen her before), although even that is complicated by the fact that Jean believes that he has got her pregnant and is (hilariously, swearily) mad about it.

Llewyn makes his way from New York to Chicago and back again, hitching a ride with a mean old jazz musician (the ever-wonderful John Goodman) and his virtually silent driver.

Beautifully shot, with a stunning soundtrack, I had been looking forward to this film for months and it truly didn't disappoint. It combines hilarious laugh out loud moments with scenes of heartbreaking poignancy. Folk music peaked in popularity during the early to mid 1960s but will Llewyn's music merely be confined to a box of un-sold records, stored under a table?

Honestly honestly, go and watch it!

Also, if you don't want a cat after watching this movie...well, I don't know what to say to you.

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