‘Please Mr Kennedy’ is one cool sound from Inside Llewyn Davis

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS will be one of the movies of 2014 so get ready by listening to one of the very cool songs from the soundtrack.

The Coen brothers have done it again with INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. A bittersweet, funny look at one week in the life of a folk singer, the eponymous Llewyn Davis – a standout performance from Oscar Isaac – trying to make his way in the music scene in Greenwich Village in 1961.

This film has been on my radar since seeing its stunning first trailer which I celebrated in a post just ahead of its premiere at this year’s Cannes film festival in May. It was rapturously received, with reviews like this one from The Guardian –

“Cannes audiences just heard a clean, hard crack: the sound of the Coen brothers hitting one out of the park”

And the movie walked away with the ‘Grand Prize of the Jury’. Tres bon!

Apart from Isaac’s superb portrayal, there’s the usual top-notch Coen cast that includes his co-star from Drive Carey Mulligan, Coen Brothers alumni John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham and Garrett Hedlund. But there’s also a certain Justin Timberlake as Jim, one half of a folk singing duo and Adam Driver as another up-and-coming artist Al Cody, who feature in the clip below where they team brilliantly with Llewyn for a session in the recording studio to sing a new song ‘Please Mr. Kennedy’.

T. Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford collaborated on the sublime soundtrack for the film and although this tune is a little more tongue-in-cheek than some of the other songs you’ll hear in the later trailers and the movie itself, it’s a lovely taste of what’s in store…