First look–Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan in Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers have never made a movie on my favorites list since Raising Arizona, although No Country for Old Men had a lot going for it with great acting by Josh Brolin and Kelly MacDonald.  And I’m probably the only person on earth that isn’t a fan of Fargo.  But a story about the 1960s New York folk music scene might entice me to check out the Coens’ new StudioCanal period flick Inside Llewyn Davis.

The Coens are great at selecting key character actresses and using genre favorite Carey Mulligan in another period film seems to be a great choice as the love interest of what seems to be the stereotypical brooding, misunderstood musician, the title character played by Oscar Isaac.  Isaac has appeared in Robin Hood and The Bourne Legacy, but this is clearly his big leading man break.  Who doesn’t want to be in a movie with Bob Dylan singing the background music?


And hey that’s Max Casella!  Who is Max Casella, you ask?  Doogie Howser, M.D.’s pal Vinnie Delpino.  Coen movie regular John Goodman is back, too, along with master thespian F. Murray Abraham, Tron Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake.

Ever since the folk music spoof A Mighty Wind, it seemed like someone should make a serious biopic or something similar of the gritty and legendary Greenwich Village folk music scene.  The city, the cars, the clothes–the preview looks like it may get it all right.  Check out the new trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis:

Inside Llewyn Davis opens in theaters December 6, 2013.

C.J. Bunce

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