Excerpt: Chi si aspettava un affresco della New York del folk, del fermento artistico del Greenwich Village negli anni ’60 restera’ forse deluso, perche’ il film e’ invece il ritratto malinconico di un artista solitario, in piccola parte ispirato alla vita di Dave Van Ronk.
Excerpt: Joel y Ethan Coen regresan con uno de los grandes títulos del año. Una odisea con Ulises incluido en la que la figura principal recorre las calles del Greenwich Village tratando de luchar contra demonios creados en parte por él mismo. Ineludible.
Excerpt: The brothers present a fully realized 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene and populate it with familiar musical characters, but a plodding narrative and a mystifying final act undo much of its charm. Likewise difficult is a deep sadness and lack of likable characters, though the lasting power such a storm produces is not easily forgotten.
Excerpt: They beautifully and convincingly recreate the streets and coffee shops where he dwells, and seem intoxicated with the look and feel of those surroundings: the narrowness of the hallways in a downtown walk-up, the way cigarette smoke drifts into the darkness of the Gaslight, how those giant old microphones reflect the shaft of the spotlight, the way the sun seeps into the empty Gate of Horn in mid-afternoon.
Excerpt: Dos de los cineastas más originales y contra la corriente trabajando en la industria hoy en día no pueden ser – al menos no siempre – del gusto de una mayoría. Ciertamente no cuando presentan una obra tan cálida, poética y atemporal como Inside Llewyn Davis.
Excerpt: Writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen have made a bookend to their masterpiece “A Serious Man” with this circular study of a man spiraling into the forgotten life of an also-ran, this time his own refusal to sell out trumping God’s interference.
Excerpt: Maybe because of Oscar Isaac’s sloe-eyed charisma or the Coens’ positioning of his character as a put-upon underdog (not unlike A SERIOUS MAN’s hero) Llewyn comes off as considerably more sympathetic than you’d think. Still an odious person but likable.
Excerpt: You know you’re getting old when the upstart Coen Brothers are suddenly master craftsmen, at the height of their powers. But that’s exactly what you get from “Inside Llewyn Davis;” a rich beautifully crafted film that nonetheless retains the Coens’ trademark quirkiness.
Excerpt: A synergy of the Coens’ unique visual style and not-always-likable characters, “Inside Llewyn Davis” is something special with a “take it or leave it” attitude that cinephiles and Coen completists will want to take.
Excerpt: More than just a film about struggling in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960’s, Inside Llewyn Davis uses historical folk songs to paint a portrait of a miserable young singer facing depression while trying to survive and find success.
Excerpt: …in its soul, this is a tale of two very simple elements: The Music and The Struggle. Anyone with even a tangential relationship to the Arts understands that those two words are quite often synonymous.