Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Screenplay)
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Philips, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Serralles, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund
Plot: Follow a week, in the life of a young fold singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village fold 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.
Verdict: Nice Musical Drama
Story: Just following that one week in Llewyn struggling career as a folk singer, we see him crash at different people’s houses where he has connections but doesn’t seem to make many friends. He has made mistakes which have left him on the path of destruction where people just know he always wants something from them. He also has to decide what he wants next in his life when he starts to figure out his music career might not take off as planned. The story is very easy to follow and enjoyable watching how he acts like he just wants his career to take off but never seems to put too much into but also watching him deal with a personal loss could have taken that away from him. (8/10)
Oscar Isaac: Llewyn Davis the folk singer trying to hit the big time, all along trying desperately to hold onto friendships he has pushed away from him. He also struggles to keep a cat in his control while trying to return it to its home. Good performance from Oscar stepping up to lead role all along having a solid singer voice. (9/10)
Carey Mulligan: Jean a friend and ex-lover with a secret from her new boyfriend, she has a strong hate for Llewyn but also cares for him. Good supporting role. (8/10)
John Goodman: Roland Turner joins Llewyn on the road trip talks a lot but really doesn’t get along with Llewyn. Good small support role. (7/10)
Director Review: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen – Good direction to create an interesting story that really has touching moments in. (8/10)
Drama: Good use of everyday issues to keep the story rolling showing the struggle of the musician. (9/10)
Music: Good music throughout and everyone involved in the singing has a good voice. (9/10)
Settings: Each setting adds to the story showing how difficult it was to make it in the music industry. (9/10)
Suggestion: I think people should watch this but I do feel that the subject matter may make it hard for the more casual fans to really enjoy. (Give It A Go)
Best Part: The cat overriding story.
Worst Part: It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
Funniest Scene: The cat escaping.
Believability: Seems accurate to how the music industry was once. (8/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars
Box Office: $32,935,319
Budget: $11 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Overall: Good Music Drama That Shows The Struggle