Bosco’s News: The Coen Bros. Improve ‘Not Fade Away’ with ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
The Coen Brothers have this uncanny ability to make any story they tell better but only because they’re the ones telling it. This year, David Chase’s Not Fade Away, a passable but otherwise disappointing autobiography about sex, drugs, and rock’n'roll throughout the ’60s, is already shaping up to be the poor man’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a period drama about the up-and-coming folk scene of the 1960s.
Starring Oscar Isaac as the titular character alongside John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Garrett Hedlund, who looks exactly like he did in On the Road, Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a rising folk star in New York trying to make it big. Yes, this is the exact same story as Not Fade Away, but I find it interesting how each year essentially brings us two of the same film (2006: The Prestige and The Illusionist, 2009: Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Observe and Report, 2011: No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits) 2012: The Raid and Dredd, 2013: Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down; just to name a few…) so I’m really not too surprised to be hearing this news.
I also appreciate that they cast actors who can actually sing (Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake all have angelic singing voices) but not at the expense of their acting talent. On an unrelated note, I once met Oscar Isaac on the street in New York. He was really nice and I was a blubbering idiot so I can understand why people say they almost poop themselves when they meet a famous pop star.
This is before I learned what barber shops, gym memberships, and suitably sized clothing was:
This is the first film the Coens have made since 2010′s True Grit, and I’m always happy with what they have to offer. Inside Llewyn Davis makes its way to theaters on February 8th, 2013, and you can watch the trailer below: