Inside Llewyn Davis
Release Date: January 10, 2014
Who was in that one again? Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garret Hedlund, Justin Timberlake
I can't remember the plot. The story follows a down-on-his-luck folk singer in the winter of 1961. Llewyn bums nights on his friend's couches and tries to make his folk singing solo act the real deal, even though his work in a duo was better...before his partner committed suicide. It's only a couple of days, but anything that could go wrong for Llewyn does, and everyone he knows really doesn't like him. That's about it.
The review: I was hoping for more in this movie, but it just ended up being a movie about a schmuck. A schmuck who ends up with a cat for the first half of the movie, and then goes on a road trip for another part of the movie, and then everything goes to pot in the last part of the movie.
Thank goodness this movie had some songs in it, because Isaac is a very talented performer. He does four or five songs here, and they're all very soulful. You're more convinced that he's a folk singer than Timberlake, whose pop/hip-hop qualities in his singing voice are hard to hide here.
MVP: I would say the cat, for showing more connection to a human being than any other character on the screen, but I'll be different and say Isaac's voice and guitar.
Blurb Musing Rating (out of five): One-and-a-half cats.