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Getting Llewyn Davis

Tuesday 27 May 2014, 16:29

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I had big reservations about the Coen Bros’ Inside Llewyn Davis when it was released in the cinema but I’ve just viewed the film for the third time and my opinion has changed...

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    Comment number 18.

    Still think the only good Coen Brothers film is Blood Simple, rest are meah.

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    Comment number 20.

    I am guided, but not entirely influenced, by the 'flagship' radio programme. At the time of Mark's cool response to ILD, I was intrigued enough by the trailers and snippets of the film to go and see it. I'm glad I did, and add it to the other Coen films I've enjoyed over the years.

    TBL has always been a big belly-laugh for me over the years, so it's clear we enjoy different aspects of the good brothers' catalogue.

    BTW, I saw 'Non-Stop' the other night. We do agree on that!

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    Comment number 22.

    I haven't seen ILD I think my dislike of the acoustic guitar as an instrument is kind of putting me off from watching it! Seriously though while I absolutely love some Coen Brothers films such as No Country for Old Men and Fargo I have never seen the appeal of The Big Lebowski and after re-watching Miller's Crossing recently for the first time in years I didn't take much from that either.
    It can happen to films from any director, I hugely admire David Lynch, Mulholland Drive, Fire Walk with Me, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway and even Dune (it's my guilty pleasure), yet I can not stand Wild at Heart. I watched it once and don't think I could sit through it ever again.

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    Comment number 23.

    I'm glad youve finally got into this one. When it was announced that the premise of the film was about a struggling Dylanesque folk singer in the 60s I think a lot of people (well me anyway) immediately thought of DA Pennebaker's Dont Look Back and expected the Coens to have mined that rich period of musical and social revolution, but when the film turned up it actually had very little to say about those already well documented themes but was in fact the flipside to all the fun stuff of that era.
    I saw it on a miserable January afternoon and after a luckless day of trudging around in the damp and cold it really hit the spot for me. I think youre right about just letting the film establish itself on its own terms away from the expectations heaped on it. Keep trying with The Big Lebowski though, you really are missing out there.

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    Comment number 24.

    Mark. Is this because of the fact that you have to watch so much crud that your ability to enjoy any movie is dulled. In short do you think critics can suffer burnout.


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