Actors yell dirty words, trippy sequnces show up consistently, people get injured, blood is shed, characters are just bizarre, and it is all for the sake of comedy.
From the Coen-brothers, the makers of Fargo, comes The Big Lebowski; what the movie is about I shall tell you, despite the fact that it’s not really important, as the characters is what we’ve come to see – it is a Coen-movie, after all.
The incredibly lazy train wreck Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), or The Dude, as he insists on being called, is a pathetic joke of a man, who doesn’t do much except bowl, smoke and drink, however, suddenly something strange happens: he is mistaken by two thugs as the Big Lebowski, a different and much richer man.
From there, things get worse and much more complicated, but with his tough friend and fellow bowler Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and their teammate Donny (Steve Buscemi), The Dude keeps on fighting the enemies he makes.
But like I said, the plot is not important; it is the various weird characters and their unique dialogue that drives the film.
All the characters The Dude runs into are fascinating and fun in their own right: Sobchak is so intimidating, he’s charming; a crazy but intelligent hard-core – if you will – feminist Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore), also fun to watch and listen to; Big Lebowski’s sycophantic right-hand Brandt (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), hilarious character; and of course, The Dude’s new bowling nemesis, the ambiguosly gay Jesus (that’s what he calls himself) played by John Turturro.
Well, the critics are absolutely right; this movie’s great – the writing is great, the characters are great, the camera work is great, the music is great, Bridges is great, Goodman is great, Hoffman is great, Buscemi is great and the directors are – of course – great!
Oh, and Peter Stormare and Sam Elliot are in this movie as well, though in relatively small parts; they too are great!
Yeah, what can I say? It’s a movie that needs to be seen, especially if you’re a film freak, like yours truly. If you’re not a huge fan of violence or offensive stuff, however… you’re entering a world of pain! I just had to write that!