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|Originaltitel:||Inside Llewyn Davis|
|Genre:||Drama, Tragicomedy, Music movie|
|Regie:||Joel & Ethan Coen|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 105 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
New York in Winter 1961: Llewyn Davis dreams of a career as a musician. As part of a duo he was already very close to the big success. But after his vocal partner committed suicide, Llewyn's career doesn't really work out anymore. His solo album lies like lead on the shelves and his money is not enough for his own apartment or for a reasonable winter coat. And so he has no other choice but to bum through his acquaintances and colleagues and always organize a warm place for the next night. At the same time, he repeatedly realizes that his eccentric and yet quite self-absorbed behavior made sure that he doesn't have any real friends. Even the good-hearted musicians Jim (Justin Timberlake) and Jean (Carey Mulligan), with whom Llewyn is accommodated every now and then, are sick and tired of the good-for-nothing. But for the passionate folk singer a new possibility opens up to make it big. And so he embarks on a journey to Chicago that could change everything…
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is the latest prank by the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan. There's no question that they're two genius minds. They masterfully create dialogues with subtle wit and tell their stories in such a way that they function on several levels. In many ways "Inside Llewyn Davis" really is a typical Coen movie. A great cast, some really well done dialogues, a captivating visual language and - if you have a weakness for folk music - a first class soundtrack speak for the fact that the Coens have once again succeeded in creating a new masterpiece. But there are some aspects of the film that disturb this impression.
One of these aspects is the fact that the story is told rather episodically and that there is only one rudimentary story arc that holds these individual snapshots together. The end makes it clear which intentions the filmmakers pursue with this construction of their history. Nevertheless, the impression also arises that there is not really a development, neither in the events nor in the persons involved. And this also leads to the second problem of the film: his main character is an unsympathetic egoist, who can only show something like feelings in his songs, but always behaves like a self-absorbed disgusting package towards his fellow human beings. Even though Jean repeatedly throws this at his head with very clear words and he would have to realize several times during the course of the movie that he stands in the way of his own kind, he doesn't show any development. And that's not exactly exciting for the viewer to watch.
It might be that the film has a level that reveals a truly stirring genius, which also justifies the many downright deifying reviews and the numerous awards and nominations that have already been made. But even if this cinematic love letter to the folk music scene at a time shortly before it was revolutionized by Bob Dylan is first-class acting cinema, at first glance the film is at least one thing: the rather boring portrait of a man who is only the changing cliché of a broken artist's soul and who is therefore far from as interesting as the film would have us believe.
Whoever thinks "A serious Man" of the Coen brothers is a masterpiece, will surely be able to say the same about "Inside Llewyn Davis". But if you need more for good cinema entertainment than a maybe ingenious, but well hidden subtext and some really great snapshots, you'll experience some nicely filmed boredom here, which in the end only leaves the question why you should invest your time and money to immerse yourself in the weird world of thoughts of an unsympathetic character like Llewyn Davis. But despite the Coen-Bonus there is only one way to do this: worth seeing!
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