The moment Inside Llewyn Davis premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, soon going on to grab the Grand Prix award from Spielberg’s jury, it became clear how achingly long a wait it would be till the film actually released in early December. It’s soon enough for a significant Oscar push, but far enough off to make consistent marketing of it nightmarish. So with five months still to go until its December 6th opening, we have another trailer to add to the sloppily edited one that hit well in advance of its Cannes debut.
What both trailers indicate about the film is the knowingly aimless quality that many critics cited as strengthening its aching soul center. There doesn’t seem to be a propulsive narrative, though few Coen brothers films really have done with one. Ultimately this trailer serves to emphasize its two primary players, star Oscar Isaac’s charismatically self-centered performance and Jess Gonchor’s immaculate production design, melancholically capturing the vibe of the 1960’s New York folk music scene. It also puts in a slight commentary on how much things have changed in society via a musical cue by Mumford & Sons. If folk wasn’t taken that seriously back then, it sure as hell is now.
I never did do a rundown of the film’s Academy Awards chances, but from the look of things I’d say the Coens get in for Picture, Screenplay and Director, Oscar Isaac for Actor, a run at Supporting Actor for John Goodman, the aforementioned production design, possibly costume design, quite likely Original Song for whatever’s on display, and definitely cinematography. You can watch the trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments!