Well, when I last experienced the Coen brothers, it was with 2009’s A Serious Man. I did not enjoy that movie very much. It was depressing, hard to follow, and not particularly funny. At least, not to me.
So, this movie was bound to at least be better than that one, and it was. But, it still suffered from some of the same issues I had with A Serious Man. I guess the groove the brothers are in right just isn’t my groove. There’s no real plot or story line to follow. It’s just the miserable life and circumstances of one man. I like to think that the very end offers up some hope for Llewyn’s music to gain some popularity, but I’m really not sure.
What I am sure of is that the performance from Oscar Isaac is good, as is that of pretty much everybody in the movie, particularly Carey Mulligan. Oh, and seeing Justin Timberlake as a 60s folk singer is pretty much worth the price of admission. I also laughed a lot more during this movie than A Serious Man, so it earns some points in that department too.
I just wish there was a bit more of a story to follow. I don’t always need a concrete story, but in this case, I wanted some sort of motivation to cling to.
At least, I THINK that was my main problem with it. Maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s just not that great. Maybe dismal doesn’t make for a great movie. It makes for some good music on the soundtrack, but when it’s the main theme in a movie, it just kind of wears me down.
I guess I liked the light-hearted Coens better. Though, I did enjoy Barton Fink, so…I’m confused by my tastes. Oh well…