Inside Llewyn Davis

He was in desperate need of guitar strings. Really desperate.
He was in desperate need of guitar strings. Really desperate.

This occasionally funny, occasionally dull Coen brothers film portrays a week in the life of a folk singer/songwriter in New York in 1961.

Llewyn Davis has released a couple of records but has never quite broken through to the big time. Possibly because he’s crap, but this is folk music we’re talking about, so it’s hard to tell. He has exhausted his funds and friends’ favours, so now it’s crunch time: his last chance to realise his dream.

Partly because he’s an abrasive character and partly because it’s about the folk scene, it’s a little hard to care whether he succeeds. Also, the novelty of seeing Justin Timberlake getting all jumpered up doesn’t compensate for the tedium of the songs peppering the rather thin story. Unlike O Brother, Where Art Thou, I can’t see this introducing a musical genre to a new set of fans. 6/10

Released January 16, 2014.

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