- Bitter and difficult male protagonist
- Who has burned relationship bridges
- Begins to be confronted with his own failures
- Now needs to rely on people he has previously burned
- Only one (meaningful) woman in the movie, who is angry and prone to foul language
- Artistic color palette
- Superpower: Grudge holding
- Cares more about non-human items (air compressor and cat, respectively)
- Willful refusal to consider others' feelings--like, at all
- Protagonist gets beat up in an alley, emerges bloodied but unbowed
- Mocks domesticity while living off the efforts and comforts of others
- Unresolved relationships and situation at the end of the movie
The two movies are set some fifty years apart--perhaps there is a grand unifying theory, and Llewyn Davis grew up to be Woody Grant? Not literally, but definitely the same kind of character.
So should you see these movies? Sure--why not? Do you need to see both of them? Well, if you really don't have an extra two hours to see both, you can pick your cinematic flavor--chilly black and white midwestern landscapes that reflect the coldness of the relationships, or desaturated film stock effects backed with depressing folk songs about Tudor era caesarian births.