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The Big Lebowski (1998)

  Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Written by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore
Links: The Big Lebowski on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 10.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

The Big Lebowski (1998) is also mentioned in mino's review of Along Came Polly (2004), pearly's review of Anything Else (2003), mino's review of Barton Fink (1991), em_fiction's review of Monster (2003), pearly's review of The Door in the Floor (2004) and em_fiction's review of The Man Who Wasn't There (2001).

"Just about the coolest thing ever" - a review by pearly

Sometimes, there's a movie. And I'm talkin' 'bout The Big Lebowski here. Sometimes there's a movie which, well, it's the movie for its time 'n' place, it fits right in there.

I don't think there's a dud scene in The Big Lebowski. I simply love every minute of it. It's the story of one Jeff Lebowski, aka "The Dude", a slack aging hippy type played by Jeff Bridges, who is mistaken for another Jeff Lebowski, a rich wheelchair-bound type with no nickname (David Huddleston). When The Dude goes to see Mr Lebowski to get his ruined rug replaced, he becomes entwined in a kidnapping ploy and realises he might come out the other end with more than just a soiled rug.

Top, top work, Messrs Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. I believe this just might be your pièce de résistance. From the delightful narration and interaction with The Dude by the smooth-voiced Sam Elliot, to Walter's (The Dude's bowling buddy, played by John Goodman) rants and Donny's (his other bowling buddy, played by Steve Buscemi) utter confusion. From The Dude's constant consumption of White Russians (a fine alcoholic beverage if ever there was one) to the series of dream-like sequences and musical numbers, there's only one bad thing I can say about this film. And that is that when I'm listening to the soundtrack, I have to skip the Meredith Monk song every time, because it's so damned annoying! (It's the one that is playing in the film while Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore) does her painting.) I don't skip the Gipsy Kings' version of Hotel California though. I think that's cool.

Actually, everything about The Big Lebowski is cool. Bridges' laid-back portrayal is perfect, the music is cool (excluding the aforementioned exception), the visuals are cool, the dialogue is witty and cool, and Jesus, played by John Turturro is most definitely cool - quite possibly the best role of his career. Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool.

The Big Lebowski is mesmerising and hilarious throughout, with a superb story and a heap of wonderful performances (aside from Turturro's smallish role, you have Bridges in the role he was born to play, and his sidekicks Goodman and Buscemi who are both brilliant, and then the smaller but equally brilliant performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Moore as staff and relatives of the other Mr Lebowski). And then you have, of course, the whole style of the movie: the delivery is something that only the Coens could manage, and they do what they do well.

The Dude abides.

pearly gives this movie 10 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 20 Jan 2004

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