Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Film Review

“If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song.”

Inside Llewyn Davis inhabits a cold, blustery, 1960s Greenwich Village. On the fringe of the new folk movement, directionless singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) drifts between the loss of his writing partner and the hope that he can make it on his own. The introduction of conflict through a one-night stand (Carey Mulligan) and its accidental consequences, and the adoption of a friend’s cat suggest that Llewyn’s life could change if he’ll let it.


Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a story that never quite resolves. This is a film about loose ends and unresolved potential, set in a cold, indifferent world. The open-ended nature of the final scene leaves viewers with the contradictory notions of promise and failure. Continue reading “Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Film Review”