There are few films I am anticipating seeing as much as The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, a tale about a folk musician struggling to succeed in the music industry. The film bowed at Cannes to mostly positive reviews, and now it looks like it will carry that momentum through Telluride.
Tim Appelo at The Hollywood Reporter stated:
The Coens’ folk music film strikes just the rights notes for author Salman Rushdie and folkie Ramblin’ Jack Elliott…. After the screening, which got a warm though not overwhelming reception from the packed audience, moderator Scott Foundas elicited candid insights from its star Oscar Isaac, music producer T Bone Walker and the Coens, who are famous for mocking and defying journalists.
The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern:
It’s a low-key affair boasting stellar acting; eye-catching lensing by Jean-Pierre Jeunet collaborator Bruno Delbonnel; wonderful music, courtesy of producers T-Bone Burnett, who’d previously collaborated with the Cohen’s on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Marcus Mumford, of Mumford & Sons fame; and the duo’s signature brand of dark humor. It’s like Fargo, if you replace the killing with strumming. The biggest surprise here, though, is Isaac, who fully embodies the tormented Llewyn. Even though the character is a complete pain in the ass, you root for him to succeed, which is a testament to Isaac’s mesmerizing performance.
Seated once again for one of the best movies I have ever seen #insidellewyndavis # telluride
— Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily) August 30, 2013
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 30, 2013
The Coen Bros. may be men of few words but Oscar Isaac speaks volumes…with swoon inducing country twang, no less. #InsideLlewynDavis
— Emma Myers (@myers_e) August 30, 2013
— Michael Patterson (@Gort2) August 30, 2013
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) August 30, 2013
— Hazel Inouye (@Hazelinouye) August 30, 2013
— Aseem Chhabra (@chhabs) August 31, 2013
Saying it now, Inside Llewyn Davis is going to be one of the best flicks of all time.
— Mark Greenbaum (@Greens_84) August 31, 2013
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: Tiresome unless you love the music enough 2see tragedy in self-destruction. Usual Coen oddball digressions. 2/5 #TFF40
— James Donohue (@jamesdonoh) August 31, 2013
Forget just folk singers; I predict that “Inside Llewyn Davis” will talk entire generations of young people out of entering show biz. #TFF40
— Chris Willman (@ChrisWillman) August 31, 2013
#tff40 Inside Llewyn Davis I really liked, it lacks the flippancy of recent Coens & has loads of character, heart and dubious moral choices.
— Adrian Hedgecock (@hedgecoco) August 31, 2013
At #Telluride, Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” not what I expected of film about NYC folk music scene circa 1961. But surprise is good.
— Joe Morgenstern (@JoeMorgenstern) August 31, 2013
@CinemaBuffy The Past and especially Inside Llewyn Davis are excellent.
— David Neary (@DeusExCinema) August 31, 2013