In keeping with his own off-screen persona, Justin Timberlake usually plays cool n' smooth characters in movies, most notably as startup hustler Sean Parker in "The Social Network" (2010), too-busy-for-a-relationship (but not too-busy-for-casual-sex) L.A. art director Jamie Rellis in "Friends With Benefits" (2011), and chic murder suspect of the future Will Salas in "In Time" (2011). Which is why it's so satisfying to see him play put-upon in "Inside Llewyn Davis," the new film by Joel and Ethan Coen.
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The new trailer, seen here first on Yahoo! Movies, reveals just how Timberlake's part fits into the naturalistic melodrama that is the life of the title character, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk musician traversing the Greenwich Village music scene of the 1960s as he tries to work out the mess that is his personal life (and protect himself, sans winter coat, from a particularly unforgiving NYC winter).
Davis is apparently "in a family way" as we see with a note written by his lady friend Jean (Carey Mulligan) — something that probably won't go over too well with her husband (and Davis's musician colleague), Jim (Timberlake).
"Don't tell Jim ... obviously," says Jean to Davis, with Mulligan perfectly underplaying the warning in that peculiar Coen Brothers way.
And yeah, we get to see Davis getting punched in the face (though it's not exactly clear if Jim is doing the punching.) At least we know he deserved it.
The new trailer also gives us more of John Goodman's character, Roland Turner, who has strong opinions on the George Washington Bridge versus the Brooklyn Bridge when it comes to which is the more "traditional" suicide location ... and more insight into Davis himself, as it's revealed that he had a musical partner who took his own life via jumping off one of the aforementioned bridges.
Like all previous looks at "Inside Llewyn Davis," the new trailer is music-driven, making the work of music producer T-Bone Burnett seem like it's as essential to this story as it was for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000). No doubt the soundtrack will prove at least as popular, if not more so, as the film itself.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" will open in limited release in the U.S. on December 6 before going wide on December 20.
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