ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
- Best Cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel)
- Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland)
Jesus, what a disappointment this was. I was surprised when the Oscar nominations came out that Inside Llewyn Davis didn’t get nominated for more because it’s a Coen brothers movie. Now I know why: it sucks.
I’m not sure why we’re supposed to care at all about Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac). He’s playing a folk musician in 1961, and even though I did really like Issac’s voice, the character of Llewyn Davis was just mean and uninteresting. He’s homeless, has gotten at least two women pregnant whom later had to get abortions (although one didn’t), and he abandons a cat and a possibly dead person in a car in the cold. Uh, no thanks.
The plot also just didn’t make a ton of sense to me. It just kind of meandered with no real conflict, except for the fact that Llewyn is trying to return a cat to its owners. The best part was hearing a rendition of “500 Miles,” my favorite Kingston Trio song. I also sort of don’t understand why this movie is nominated for Best Cinematography. The whole movie looked hazy and airbrushed, and not in any good way that added anything. I mean, look at this. Watching a movie that looked like that was difficult. It was like staring at a bad magazine airbrush for a couple of hours.
I’m sure the soundtrack to this movie is good, and I feel like I’ve heard of people liking this movie. But I don’t get it. The best character is the cat, but then fucking Llewyn Davis runs over a cat later, so fuck that. Also, is it weird that the Coen brothers had a protagonist named Llewyn and another named Llewelyn (No Country for Old Men)? I think it’s weird, at least.
When I first heard about this film being made, I immediately knew it was going to be one of my favorite movies, ever. Then Elizabeth and I watched it and I don’t think I could have disliked it more. What is the story? Why do we care? Why are there so many scenes that seem to have no point? I have no idea and I was actually pretty mad how much I disliked it.
I’m glad I saw this but I’m not going to waste my time again . . .