The Coen brothers have taken audiences to a variety of unique and distinct cinematic worlds, from the corporate boardroom of a toymaker in “The Hudsucker Proxy“; the vast hinterlands of North Dakota in “Fargo“; the hijinks at a fitness center in “Burn After Reading“; the seamy surreal underbelly of Hollywood in “Barton Fink“; the weirder corners of California in “The Big Lebowski” and so much more. And their next destination? The clubs of the ’60s folk music scene in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” their knockout Cannes film and early contender for one of the best movies hands down of the year.
And now another taste has arrived with a brand new teaser trailer showing the music, heartache and laughter they’ll be delivering later this year. Based loosely on the life of actual folk legend Dave Von Ronk, Oscar Isaac stars as the titular musician, trying to make it on his own, with one monumental hurdle after another in the way. Taking place over the course of one week, he has to deal with a bitter ex-girlfriend (Carey Mulligan), a cat he’s suddenly been saddled with (a sublime running gag) and a host of players (Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, John Goodman and more) within that world who all seem to have a future brighter than his.
“The Coens celebrate the hard road that can inspire great art,” we wrote in our A-grade review of the film that is easily one of the Coens’ finest and boasts a great soundtrack. “Inside Llewyn Davis” hits theaters on December 6th.