The first trailer has surfaced for the Coen brothers’ highly anticipated new film Inside Llewyn Davis, their first since 2010’s excellent True Grit. Loosely based on the life of folk singer Dave Van Ronk and his memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the film captures the Greenwich Village scene of the ’60s that spawned such greats as Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and of course Bob Dylan, whose early bootleg track ‘Farewell‘ soundtracks this trailer. Oscar Isaac stars as the titular character, with Carey Mulligan as his bitter ex and a supporting cast that includes John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky of Girls fame. Visually and tonally, this appears to be quite a departure for the Coens; Bruno Delbonnel (Across the Universe, Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince) replaces regular cinematographer Roger Deakins (who was busy shooting Skyfall), and one look at these grey visuals confirms that his presence is sorely missed, while story comes across as a bit unfocused and lacking dynamism here. The cast look uniformly great however, especially the almost unrecognisable Mulligan, and I’m happy to see Isaac finally land a prominent lead role after impressing in various supporting roles recently (the Coens clearly enjoyed Drive as much as the rest of us). The soundtrack is similarly promising, supervised by O Brother, Where Are Thou? mastermind T Bone Burnett, so I’m crossing my fingers that this rather unexciting trailer is not entirely representative of the film.
Watch the first trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis below (via The Playlist).