Watching "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Published on February 5, 2014 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the new Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Here's an excerpt:

"After this year’s Oscar nominations were announced, film critics took to social media to voice their complaints. Many of them were outraged by the snubbing of the new Coen Brothers film, 'Inside Llewyn Davis.' One of my favorite tweets said something along the lines of 'Congratulations to all the best picture nominees. And congratulations to ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ for actually being the best picture of the year.'

Having now seen 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of the best films of year, and better than perhaps all but one of the best picture nominees. If I were to revise my list of the best films of 2013, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' would probably be third, behind 'Upstream Color' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'

'Inside Llewyn Davis' is one of the best films the Coen Brothers have ever made, which is saying something. It revisits themes from some of their previous films, such as 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', with its emphasis on American music and nods to Homer’s Odyssey, and the more recent 'A Serious Man,' about a modern-day Job. But it also builds upon the brothers’ earlier work, exploring matters of philosophy and religion with a surprisingly light touch. For a film about an unhappy folk singer’s doomed quest for popular success in the aftermath of his singing partner’s suicide, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is both fun and funny, filled with the sort of quirky, offbeat characters and touches the Coens are known for. A basic description of the plot of 'Inside Llewyn Davis' makes it sound like a depressing experience. But the film is a joy to sit through."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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