Sunday, 9 February 2014

Review : Inside Llewyn Davis

Insude Llewyn Davis : An overveiw film into the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Hi Everybody

Welcome to a new blog. this time I will be reviewing 'Inside Llewyn Davis' a story which looks into the life of a real person. It's a docudrama which follows a week into the life of a young folk singer as he is out and about.  A game goer, he just goes with the flow. He off course becomes the man who navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of them of his own making.

I wasn't very interested in this film at first however, of course having said that If you've never seen a film then you can't make a judge of it. Inside Llewyn Davis is a film where you have to be in the right sort of mood to watch it. In order to get everything out of it. And it is one of those films that is a slow starter you kind of need to pick up the pace in order to create a rhythm.

And when the rhythm does pick up, its not very quickly passed. It's a film in which the pacing of it isn't it's main priority. As far as the story telling is concerned the story  as a story, doesn't have much to it. The way it's told is better because the presentation of it, It always leaves the audience wanting to watch, and wanting to invest.

As far as the acting is concerned, Its quite secondary. Not that that is a bad thing, far from it. It's quite interesting to watch the characters interact with each other in the way they talk and act. The dialogue is very precise. It shows depth and intellect in the writing. I thought the story was written and directed really well.

The best thing for me was the ending, not because it meant that was the end. But how it wrapped things up on a whole. It was very simplistically concluded. But not in a sort of way that was cheesy or mellow. Just simplistic and to detail.

Joel and Ethan Coen as writers. I thought they did a very good job. It's very hard to write a dynamic, successful docudrama. But I think they did a great job of giving an unknown audience and insight into the life of Llewyn Davis.

The pacing of it could of been done better, that brings me to the point of them as Directors. As directors their talents as writers are parallel. An alternate job, where everything is the same but a little bit different. It was directed quite well, maybe not so well as one would expect. It just seemed to me that the lighting added a depressing feeling to it. Soundtrack added emphasis yes, but what was it all for in the end? I do question a lot of this film, which of course add to a course of concern.

Here's a clip.

So overall, It's quite slow film. One of which your attention must be on in order to get all out of it.

I will give it a 5/10

Thanks for reading this.

See you again soon.

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