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I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

The Big Lebowski (1998) Review

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“The Dude” who’s last name is Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire called Lebowski. This leads to his rug being ruined and on a quest to be compensated for this mistake he enters into a world he never even knew existed.

With the help of his bowling buddies in particular Walter who still seems to live like he is taking part in War. As The Dude tries to get the money for his rug he is tricked into taking on another task and will be paid very well and highly for just that. What he doesn’t realise is that he is being well and truly set up, well he does eventually but The Dude isn’t the most of switched on people and it takes him a while to really work it all out. That is part of the magic of the film though.

Jeff Bridges is just perfect and incredible as The Dude it really does show how his acting range is really well great. I know it is terrible that I consider myself a huge fan of his and had not managed to watch this film until last night (I had tried once before I promise). I also thought the chemistry he had with John Goodman as Walter was terrific as well, I actually thought he was my favourite character in all honesty. A great pair in a truly off the wall film that is so enjoyable, even when it enters a strange place!

I have to mention the dream sequence as it is very creepy yet perfect as you are watching it and wondering just where that actually came from in terms of it being so crazy. Men with giant scissors certainly stuck in my mind from that moment.

As The Dude and Walter are trying to locate Bunny, a toe has been sent as an attempt to get a lot of money. He is also approached by Maude the daughter of The Big Leboskwi himself who has her own agenda. Something else that I found amusing was the fact that the friends continued to go bowling along with Donny and some incredible scenes with Jesus from a rival team. Showing that no matter who wants to try to kill you, going bowling is a good way to switch off from everything going on around you.

I think this certainly means that I need to watch more of the Coen’s films and really give them more of a chance. I think it certainly seems to be something that has grown on me over the years as I have watched more films, I appreciate the efforts they put into their films to make them very different and standout. That is certainly the case with this one and don’t we just want to watch something that is off the wall and crazy at times. Something that is well away from our normal mundane lives.

I hope you are all proud of me being able to cross this film off my list for eventually watching from start to finish! Are you a fan of this one?

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13 responses

  1. Have to confess, I’ve never watched it either. 😀

    March 20, 2017 at 2:13 am

    • Me neither. Been on my watch list for years but just never get to it…

      March 20, 2017 at 6:05 am

      • Caz

        It certainly seems to be one of those films!

        March 20, 2017 at 7:49 am

    • Caz

      It is a strange one but I think that is something the Coen’s seem to do!

      March 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

  2. It’s certainly NOT the first Coen Brothers film to watch – they are very eclectic, and you really have to be ready for the surreal tone of this…that said, it’s the Dude!

    March 20, 2017 at 3:15 am

    • Caz

      The Dude! Even better that after watching and writing the review I saw Jeff Bridges present John Goodman with his Hollywood Walk of Fame star! Incredible!

      March 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

  3. Their three “mainstream” brilliant films are “Fargo”, “True Grit” and “No Country For Old Men”…almost everything else they do is great as well, but quirky,

    March 20, 2017 at 3:16 am

    • Caz

      I loved Hail Caesar last year. I still need to catch up with Fargo and No Country for Old Men, the latter I have had on DVD for years!

      March 20, 2017 at 7:48 am

      • The musical homages in “Caesar” were terrific. “Barton Fink” is one of their strangest but most fascinating movies as well, with this stinger of a line, , which I am paraphrasing – when a movie Producer tells Fink to get help from another Writer in the commissary: “Jesus, throw a rock in here, you’ll hit one. And Fink, when you do? THROW IT HARD.”

        March 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

  4. The first time I saw this, I thought I will probably not watch it again….but it stays with you. I have watched it a dozen times, at least. It gets under your skin, or rug.😊

    March 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    • Caz

      Haha love the comment about the rug!

      March 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm

  5. I only watched it for the first time last year, so you’re not alone!
    I think I was quoting the film for the whole week haha. 🙂

    March 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    • Caz

      So pleased you have recently watched it as well! 🙂

      March 21, 2017 at 5:04 pm

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