Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis is a film that is smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy.
Just as they did with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coens have transported us to the 1960s to give us the sound of another era. What a film like Crazy Heart did for country music, Inside does the same for folk music.
Oscar Isaac stars in the title row as Llewyn Davis. Isaac is joined in the cast by Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and a very under-used Justin Timberlake.
Isaac will just miss out on getting an Oscar nomination, especially in a year in which there were so many fine acting performances. His performance is top ten-worthy, don’t get me wrong, but he falls just short.
The film takes place over one week in 1961 and is largely focused on the folk scene in Greenwich Village. Davis is a struggling to make it as a musician and runs into a large amount of obstacles as he tries to make it. Of course, some of those are his own fault.
“Please Mr. Kennedy”, sung by Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, is one of the best songs of the soundtrack, released by Nonesuch Records and currently available for purchase.