gorgeous movie. a seemingly endless loop of bad decisions and bad luck, punctuated by excellent musical performances and a good sense of humor. i've been wondering why bob dylan shows up at the end of the movie and i think it represents a changing of the guard, llewyn davis quits and bob dylan steps in, performing his own songs.
incredibly entertaining with incredible performances from leo and jonah. i think what a lot of ppl aren't getting is that the story is in leo's pov and the endless excess and debauchery with no room for contemplation reduces a man's life work, and it's a three hour vicious cycle of self destruction, and the further along it gets the more numbing it becomes. it's as effective a commentary on american financial institutions/corporate greed/whatever as any that's come out since the recession, but instead of showing the inner workings of the system that allowed these things to happen it explores WHY these people wanted to maintain the lifestyles they were living
didn't like it as much as i wanted to and feels like a big fun joke i'm not in on. very funny and the cast is almost self-consciously hammy it's great, christian bale is so fucking fat and winded-looking all the time it's impressive, i can't believe i'm saying this but there might be too much amy adams cleavage, and the filmmaking is really good when it does its scorcese-lite thing on a superficial level. i think i just don't like movies with elaborate cons.
did you know that the last year the world was not blessed with a woody allen film was 1981? he's like 78 years old which means it won't be long until one day we stop getting one great movie out of him every couple of years which is something i've come to rely on and it will be so fucking terrible. blue jasmine is one of those truly great ones, probably his best since match point.