Friday, May 30, 2014

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff Bridges Film Fest Movie #13

Synopsis: The Dude abides. He also bowls, steals a rug, bangs an attractive-but-creepy heiress, and gets a good buddy killed. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “the Dude. One cool guy. Who one day comes home to find two thugs have broken in and ruined his favourite carpet – the one that made the room ‘hang together.’ Thing is, they did it because he’s got the exact same name as one of the richest men in town, Lebowski.” 

What Did I Learn?: 1) Nobody fucks with the Jesus. 2) Firearms have no place in a bowling alley. 

Really?: The Big Lebowski isn’t meant to be taken all that seriously, but I had a bit of trouble believing a peace-love-and-great-dope ex-hippie like The Dude would ever hang out with a militaristic whackjob like Walter (John Goodman). But then, bowling has a way of bringing people together. 

Rating: The Big Lebowski is funny, cleverly-written, packed with stars, and it's one of the Coen Brothers' better films, a list that includes Blood Simple and No Country for Old Men (I wasn't that crazy about Raising Arizona or The Hudsucker Proxy). Bridges delivers an outstanding performance as the loveable-but-lazy Dude, but Goodman steals nearly every scene as the bombastic Walter. Highly recommended. 10/10 stars.

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