The Coen Brothers have made, what are considered, some of the greatest films of all time. Joel and Ethan are responsible for The Big Lebowski, Miller’s Crossing, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Oh Brother! Where Art Thou?, and the Jeff Bridges remake of True Grit. I have always been a big fan of their films, and have waited, with much anticipation, for their newest film Inside Llewyn Davis. You can imagine my excitement when I found out CBS gave my school a copy to do an early screening. I sat in my seat and awaited some Coen-y goodness.
I was not, at all, disappointed in what I witnessed. Like always the Coen Brothers produced a story so filled with symbolism and metaphor that every 15 minutes after the movie ended for several hours, I was having an epiphany about some element of the film. At first, I thought this was the simplistic of all the Coen movies, but I soon realized it was actually the most complex. Even that cat in the picture above has deep meaning throughout the film. The main premise of the film is watching only a couple days of a, down on his luck, folk musician in 1963. While we follow Llewyn Davis traverse the northeast in search of fame and fortune, we meet a variety of interesting, and tragic characters.
The most pervasive theme is that of cycles. I have notice this is a common theme in all of their movies. There are many theories as to why. Could it be a subconscious call for help? Are the Coen Brothers noticing something about the human condition? Things never truly change in Coen films. Characters go nowhere, this is unusual. We like to see characters grow, it gives us hope. But is it a false hope? These are the kinds of question the Coens raise, whether intentional or not the brothers make us look inward more than any other filmmakers of their time.
Even though the film takes place in 1963 the messages and themes still ring true in a modern context. It makes you realized although music changes, mankind stays the same. Another aspect of the Coen Brother is the fact that all their films are grounded in sense a deep morality, yet shows the in evil in the hearts of man. I cannot suggest this movie anymore highly, and I sense an Oscar for picture of the year. Keep it up Coens.