Recommended by Paul McCabe
This latest offering from the Coen Bothers is set amongst the folk scene in New York’s Greenwich Village in the early 1960s.
Llewyn Davis is an aspiring folk singer whose career has stalled following the suicide of his former singing partner and the film follows him on his fruitless attempts to make it.
Fans of the period will find much to admire with sly references to many of the big names on the scene.
The film looks great and the music is fantastic but it’s not perfect.
Davis and his perpetual misery is at times hard to warm to, and to be honest it drags at times with not actually that much in the way of plot, but there is a lot to enjoy including memorable cameos from Coen’s regular John Goodman and, ahem, Justin Timberlake, as well as a bizarre subplot regarding a cat.
Not the brothers’ best film (hello, ‘The Big Lebowski’) but it is a fine, sweetly melancholic, addition to one of film making’s most incredible catalogues.