The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski has a bit of a reputation. The Boston Globe named it the number one cult movie of all time, and up till now I had never seen it. But thanks to Universal releasing it on BluRay, I’ve finally caught up with the Coen Brothers comedic masterpiece at last.
Fair warning however, if you’re wanting to watch The Big Lebowski and you’ve never seen any of the Coen’s work before, they have the most twisted minds in Hollywood.
Watching The Big Lebowski is like tripping out on LSD whilst at a bowling alley that happens to be located on a porn set. But it gets better, because you’re not the only one high as a kite, you get to experience this mind altering film with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore.
What more could you ask for?
So what is The Big Lebowski all about?
Essentially it’s a case of mistaken identity, where The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges in what has to be his career highlight) is mistaken for millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski who inadvertently owes money to a porn producer. When the porn producers thugs rough up The Dude, they also soil his carpet, so to set things right, The Dude visits Lebowski to ask for a new carpet. The trouble is, The Dude’s bowling partners want to help, and chaos ensues.
As far as the story-line goes, its an epileptic tale of a group of simple guys out to set things right, whilst making things worse. It’s one part twisted and one part hilarious.
It’s hard to do the film credit by writing about it, the film literally does your head in, and at times you wonder why you’re still watching it, but like witnessing a car wreck, you just can’t seem to tear your eyes away. And you’re glad because mixed up in this bizarre story that really makes little sense is a host of comedic gold that will have you rolling on the floor, and enough one liners to keep you reliving the best moments with anyone who will listen to you.
In short, The Big Lebowski is a film that has to be seen to be believed, and is a film that should be on everyone’s essentially viewing list.
Reviewed by: Jonathan