Inside Llewyn Davis- The Coen Brothers’ first film since 2010’s True Grit is sardonic and strange, and at times very moving. The most apt description I’ve read about it was “Sisyphus gets a cat,” which perfectly encapsulates the existential yet playful journey that the title character (Oscar Isaac, robbed of an Oscar nod) is destined to be on forever. Llewyn Davis is a folk singer, but not good enough to make a living at it. He’s cute, but his personality is too prickly to be likable.
Thanks to a wonderful score with music by no less than T-Bone Burnett, this is the Coens’ prettiest sounding movie. This is also one of their prettiest-looking (hat tip to cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel), capturing a dimly lit, antique vibe that feels perfect for Greenwich Village, 1961. Grade: B+