Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the most celebrated and beloved American filmmakers of the past 40 years. Since the 1980s, the sibling duo have made more than their fair share of both awards darlings (“No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo”) and eccentric cult favorites (“The Big Lebowski,” “Burn After Reading”), and have amassed an impressively extensive, diverse filmography for themselves. However, as highly regarded as the Coen Brothers are, they’ve still managed to make a handful of underrated films at different points throughout their shared filmmaking career. “Inside Llewyn Davis” happens to be one of those films, and it is, thankfully, available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.
Released in 2013, “Inside Llewyn Davis” received mostly positive reviews from critics when it made its initial debut, and it currently holds a 92% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film went largely unnoticed during the 2014 awards season, though — garnering only a few nominations at awards shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes and taking home zero wins (via IMDb). In the years since its release, there haven’t been many ongoing conversations about “Inside Llewyn Davis” either, and it seems like it has earned a reputation as being one of the Coen Brothers’ more minor efforts. That’s a shame, considering just how memorable and well-made “Inside Llewyn Davis” actually is.