The Coen Brothers “Do” Bob Dylan

Latest trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis lovingly recreates ’60s NY folk scene.

The Coen Brothers “Do” Bob Dylan

THE LATEST TRAILER for Inside Llewyn Davis – the Joel & Ethan Cohen movie that fictionally rebuilds Bob Dylan’s early-’60s Greenwich Village folk scene – packs more of a punch than the previous two. That’s literally. The movie tracks the not-quite rise of the titular, somewhat schmucky folk singer, with tropes familiar from Bob Dylan’s biography. Justin Timberlake plays a fellow folk singer with strains of Dave Van Ronk and Richard Fariña, with Carey Mulligan (she’s-so-hot-right-now!) as his missus – a kind of Mimi/Joan Baez conflation.

MOJO’s friends at film bible Empire magazine (they’re literally the next door office) assure us that the full-length feature, due on general release in the UK at the end of the year, is topnotch, with musician-actor Oscar Isaac superb in the title role, informing Davis’s repertoire with echt musical spirit.

In the end it’s a tragi-funny study of error and failure, underlined with the late, stellar arrival of someone called “Bob Dylan”, played by Benjamin Pike (and you can see why).

The soundtrack, wrangled by T-Bone Burnett, features contemporary songs and new material in-the-style performed by Isaac, Mulligan, Timberlake, Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers, plus an unreleased studio version of Bob Dylan’s Farewell. That is, presumably a different version to that found on the Witmark Demos. The album is due on September 16.