2020-01-11 01:25:00 UTC
Actually took a few minutes to scan some critiques of this mess to see if I could find if other viewers caught story points I missed...nope, just a bunch of pseudo intellectual blather, some of the pieces did not even make mention of the cats.
Hard to believe the Cohen brothers who wrote the subtle, witty, funny and outside the box No Country for Old Men penned this.
Story : Llewyn is a unsuccessful folk singer/writer in the Village folk scene of the early 60's.
For those not around then in the period after the death of rock and roll and before the British invasion folk music was the number one choice of young people.
Never has a duller scenario been written than to follow Davis from Manhattan to Chicagoand back in his attempt to make enough money to stay afloat. He's always going from place to place to crash for a few days.
Really tough to stay with the film as it sucks long and hard character wise.
Two or three cats are in the film and their presence kept me involved 'till the end. Just why they are there is anybody's guess. In the past few years I've gotten better at picking up subtle meanings in events depicted on the screen...I had viewed this film some time ago so I was ready to try to put everything together. Last time around don't think I made it all the way through. This time I stuck with it but came up snake eyes.
There are those who see the cats as representative of Llewyn's prior relationship with his singing partner...not from my POV.
One thing is certain the cats are the focus of attention in the camera's eye and for me the only area of interest in the story which seems to be a closed time loop bringing Mr. llewyn Davis from A to point A ...perhaps that represents a life that is going anywhere ( not my theory but did not see anything that suggests this could be so ).
The visual use of the cats is very strong but only from what is obvious on screen, did not pick up anything metaphysical.
There had to be an underlying meaning to the congruent use of cats and man but whatever it is it failed big time. Cats get a 10/10 for the strength of their presence, film is a 2/10 with the 2 due to the felines, otherwise it's 0/10 catastrophes