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Befuddled at ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

December 26, 2013 Updated: December 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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I took myself to a movie on Christmas – the Coen brothers’ latest, called “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

It started auspiciously enough, with a gorgeous song by Oscar Isaac, who stars as Davis.

He sat on a chair on a stage in a Greenwich Village bar circa 1963, and lulled me into my happy music place with “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.” I was sure this movie would be a slice of cinema heaven.

And yes, I’ll say that the soundtrack is the best I’ve heard in years, which isn’t surprising, as it was produced by T-Bone Burnett. He’s the man who also did the soundtrack to the Coens’ 2000 film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” which earned multiple Grammy awards.

The music was the best part, though I certainly didn’t mind staring at Isaac, who was in every scene. But I left feeling robbed of my time. The ending? What the what? What happened? I won’t spoil it for you, but I was left feeling befuddled.

I went home and searched online for answers. Nobody had them. Handfuls of critics acknowledged feeling similarly, and one interview with the Coen brothers laid bare their thoughts:

“It became clear early on that it [had no plot],” Ethan continues. “The audience isn’t hanging on what’s going to happen next because not much is happening.”

Yeah, the audience isn’t just left hanging, they’re left irritated, too. I heard murmurs in the crowd when the screen went black at the end.

“Well, that was different,” one woman said.

Have you seen it? What’s your review? Email me: jen.mulson@gazette.com.

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