Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Director(s): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham. 104 min. Ratd R. USA/France. Drama/Musical.

This has all the hallmarks of a great Coen Brothers film. Bitter satire, witty dialogue, thought-provoking moments of silence, and John Goodman in another great role. Add to that mesmerizing gloomy grey cinematography, and an astonishing performance by newcomer Oscar Isaac, and you can't miss. But then ... the movie ends in a mysterious twist, mainly involving an orange cat, and probably concerning "chance or choice". Unlike No Country for Old Men, I'm not sure about the twist's philosophical significance, and I couldn't find a decent 4-star review that explains what it meant. And I'm not playing "Emperor's New Clothes" here.

PS: Here's an explanation on what the cat might mean. The significance is still lost on me. And I don't entirely agree anway.

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