Last year, some of the musicians involved in, and others who were inspired by the music in the Coen Brothers’ latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, gathered together to put on a concert, celebrating American folk music in all its glory.
For fans of folk music, the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis is a dream come true. Oscar Isaac’s soulful voice adds to the understanding of his character, and the songs used are moving and engaging. It’s little wonder that a concert was born from the movie, and a film was born from the concert.
Featuring artists such as Joan Baez, The Punch Brothers, Jack White, Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and Gillian Welch, Another Day Another Time is a celebration of the music that inspired Llewyn Davis, but it is also a celebration of the music that inspired these artists to perform.
The music is familiar and comforting, and beautifully performed by those in the concert. The Punch Brothers hold the show together after their great rendition of Tumbling Tumbleweeds, and often crop up to support other artists. Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez and Jack White give great performances – as we would probably expect – and some new stars are born in the shape of The Milk Carton Kids, their odd and awkward stabs at humour aside.
As well as the concert, we are treated to some rehearsal footage, some shots of the artists jamming together and working songs out, as well as interviews with the performers, in which we find out who inspired them and why. We also get some honesty from Oscar Isaac, who admits to being terrified to follow Jack White! That said, for all that the songs are entertaining and the interviews engaging, there are times when the energy of the piece drops, and it feels far longer than its
Another Day, Another Time is a film firmly aimed at fans of Inside Llewyn Davis, and fans of folk music, but that’s no bad thing. The passion of the performers shines through and there are great songs showcased here, there is plenty here for fans and the curious, but if long ago, you discovered your apathy toward folk music in all it’s forms, then this is not the film for you.