Sunday, December 22, 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis: Where Have All the Folk Songs gone?
"Save your money," a guy leaving the theater told the small group waiting to see this flick. You might say he snarled this suggestion.
"Everyone's a critic," a man in the group said sarcastically.
"We didn't ask for his opinion," a woman added.
Happily, the self-anointed critic was wrong. This movie about a struggling folk singer in 1961 was well worth the price of admissions.
It may not be the cheeriest film at the multiplex. But the music is fine, the early-'60s Greenwich Village scene is accurate and the acting is superb. Star Oscar Isaac is joined on screen by Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake, who you surely remember, can sing.
The film says a lot about surviving as a creative artist in a world where even real critics aren't any more knowledgeable than the big mouth leaving the theater.
Here's some of what you'll hear.