TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: The Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Receives Praise


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.

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