The first trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s upcoming film about a folk singer, Inside Llewyn Davis, and the red band trailer that followed, were both good at establishing a mood, giving us a sense of the time and place in which the film is taking place, and selling us on the cast that the brothers have put together. What they didn’t much do was let us in on exactly what this Llewyn Davis was looking all melancholy about, however. As a matter of fact, they seemed to make a point about fading out right before we got to the heart of the matter.
Well, now there’s a third trailer for the film, and in addition to giving us a few more laughs and featuring yet another striking song from the era, it also does more to dig into the particular problems that this Davis chap is struggling with in his day to day life. Problems that seem to be myriad.
It sometimes doesn’t pay much to be an artist, especially one who’s working in a format the world has deemed as being less than commercial. How does one who’s compelled to be creative balance increasing responsibilities with shrinking paychecks? How do they put food on the table without betraying their principals? And is living in the suburbs and raising a family really, “a little careerist, and a little square, and a little sad?” These are all questions that are too complex for a trailer to give satisfying answers to, but at least after watching this latest ad we can now be even more confident that Oscar Isaac is going to be absolutely phenomenal in this movie. Inside Llewyn Davis is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on December 6 of this year, and is then going to roll out to more theaters on the 20th.