directed by Amat Escalante
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
The music and its lyricism are a vital aspect to "Inside Llewyn Davis." Credit to T. Bone Burnett for once again creating a masterful soundtrack to tell the penetrating story. This is a soundtrack you'll want to purchase after seeing the movie. The songs are addictive on a few levels. One, because they are beautiful songs that resonate the perfect emotions to match each scene. Two, because they are powerfully sung by Oscar Issac and the rest of the cast. Three, because songs like "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me," "Please Mr. Kennedy," "The Death of Queen Jane," and "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" play a major part in the storytelling being done on screen. Four, the songs upon re-listening will immediately put you back into the emotions and impact of the film. "The Death of Queen Jane" in particular, I didn't realize its full weight until afterwards dissecting the lyrics and the situation Llewyn Davis is in at the time he sings those lyrics. It is heartbreaking and magical all at once. Again, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is the Coen brothers most bleak film to date but that does not mean it is not one of their most rewarding.
That's a wrap on AFI FEST in 2013. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more coverage from Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, and Day Six.