New ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Trailer Adds a Couple Big Laughs to the Bittersweet Mood-Building


You wouldn’t think that a movie about sad folk musicians living in poverty in the 1960s would have all that much commercial appeal, but the Coen brothers’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, is getting a lot of promotional support from the studio while selling that concept anyway. Already we’ve covered the first trailer, which was masterful at establishing setting and mood, the red band trailer, which added some delightful potty-mouth to the mix, and a third trailer, which told us a bit more about the dramatic conflict of the film.

That’s kind of a lot of trailers already, and seeing as Llewyn Davis is obviously one of the movies many of us are looking forward to most this year, we might be getting close to hitting the limit of footage we want to see from it before it gets released. Before we go sticking our heads in the sand for fear of spoiling things, it’s probably okay that we watch at least one more ad though. This is a Coen brothers joint after all, so it’s bound to be dense with good stuff we haven’t seen yet. Plus, this new trailer is mostly just a remix of moments that we’ve already seen, with two new big laughs involving suicide and Tang thrown in.

Those Coens—even in a movie with a tone as somber as this they can somehow still stick in ridiculously funny dialogue that’s so absurd it makes you do a double take and not have it feel out of place. Their mastery of juggling the serious, the sarcastic, and the just plain silly is sublime. Who else working is as good at it as them?

Anyway, Llewyn Davis is still scheduled to begin a limited theatrical release on December 6 and then a wider one on December 20, which are dates that can’t come soon enough.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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