Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis Nonesuch 2013

Best motion picture. Best Soundtrack.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Don't just take my word for it, Inside Llewyn Davis has only been out for a few short weeks and has already picked up four National Society of Film Critics awards. The awards are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. Granted taste is subjective but you have to see the trend not to forget momentum building behind this fine feature film.
Soundtracks as a whole are for the most part  forgettable. Inside Llewyn Davis has the masterful touch of T-Bone Burnett and epic musical performances from the Punch Brothers, Bob Dylan and of all people - Justin Timberlake? Yep...Justin Timberlake whose vocal range, tone and phrasing as perfectly suited for this look at the folk music phenomena that gripped the country in the mid 60's and has never quite been the same since.
Highlights are numerous with "Five Hundred Miles" featuring Timberlake and the previously unreleased Bob Dylan track "Farewell" setting the pace. The film itself is a somewhat dark and slightly melancholy look at the cultural life and times of Llewyn Davis as he navigates a world that is somewhat foreign to his way of thinking and all the while attempting to find his own particular place in a world moving just a bit too fast.
Film reviews are not necessarily my cup of tea. The latest batch of insulting Sci-Fi epics whose primary goal seems to attempt to break the special effects bank has kept me away from the cinema for years. Inside Llewyn Davis is that one film that will surprise a great many people with dramatic cinematography and a script that maintains timing and above all character development. This is a throwback film to the days when cinema could be considered art and not crass commercialism run amuck. A stellar soundtrack.

Tracks: Hang Me, Oh Hange Me; Fare Thee Well; The Last Thing On My Mind; Five Hundred Miles; Please Mr. Kennedy; Green, Green Rocky Road; The Death of Queen Jane; The Roving Gambler; The Shooals of Herring; The Auld Triangle; The Storms Are The Ocean; Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song - Version 2); Farewell; Green Green Rocky Road