Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers’ next feature film, has been acquired by CBS Films for distribution rights in the USA. While this has in no way provided any sort of release date for the film, it’s encouraging to see the film gain some sort of headway in the form of a new trailer.
Inside Llewyn Davis marks Joel and Ethan Coen’s first feature film since 2010’s True Grit, which earned the family duo a whopping 10 Oscar nominations. The film follows a singer-songwriter as he navigates New York’s folk music scene during the 1960s, bringing on such talent as Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake. The trailer does a decent job of never revealing whether or not Oscar Isaac can sing, almost begging the audience to come and see for themselves when the film opens.
From the trailer, Inside Llewyn Davis seems to possess a beautifully somber and neutral tone (or maybe it’s just the Bob Dylan in the background). This usually indicates that performances are key amidst a bustling environment like New York, but then again it’s not safe to assume anything from an unseen Coen brothers film. That being said, the movie also seems keen on providing quirky one-liners and deadpan humor while also touching upon universally human subjects. Inside Llewyn Davis also looks to provide a perspective on romance and longing.
In any case, it’s exciting to know another film from two writers/directors that have proven time and time again that they are masters of their craft is well on its way. When they’re not defying genres with meditations — A Serious Man, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Barton Fink — they’re perfecting them with such films as Miller’s Crossing, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Here’s to hoping Inside Llewyn Davis naturally follows suit (assuming it actually receives a release date). Enjoy the trailer below.