I hope this is a film that is looked at with more seriousness. If only every movie in the box office Top Ten was as inspired and amusing as this one! Plus of course the actors, who are well cast and virtually flawless. Coen regulars John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Peter Stomare, and Jon Polito are all on board, as well as Julianne Moore 'Boogie Nights' , David Huddleston 'Capricorn One' , Philip Seymour Hoffman 'Magnolia' and Sam Elliot 'Mask' , even surprise cameos from Ben Gazzara 'The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie' and singer Jimmie Ray Gilmore. I can't fault 'The Big Lebowski', it is one of the most original and entertaining comedies ever made and a genuine modern classic. The camera was manipulated beautifully and I felt a tinge of their talents lurking in at many a turn.
Comedy, Crime 1998 Year 117 Mins 8. Its level of comedy, action, brutality, and vulgarity become that much more evident and important. Not to mention the performance by Jeff Bridges, which ranks among the best performances of the nineties; he has a relaxed slouch, a goofy smile, an enthusiastic dance, and his buttons can only be pushed by Walter, who John Goodman plays with charm and fury. But what really makes this film such a masterpiece, such a panacea, is the incredible humanism, the care that the Coen brothers put in developing The Dude Jeff Bridges , Walter John Goodman , Donnie Steve Buscemi-tremendously endearing , and Brandt magnificently played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I do admit that this is a film that I had to see six times to get. What we have here is one of the greatest achievements in modern cinema and if you can't see that, grab a White Russian, hit the bowling ally, and find your inner-Dude as soon as possible.
The Coen brothers consistently impress me with their ability to write an interesting story with fascinating yet quirky characters. The Big Lebowski is like no other film. The first time I saw this movie, I will admit that I enjoyed it, but did not fully appreciate its level of humor and raw talent. Now, a few years and several viewing later, I have come to realise just how accomplished a movie it is, and it has become one of my all time favourite movies. The main characters are Jeff Bridges who plays such broad roles like The Muse, The Contender, and Sea Biscuit , John Goodman who should have won an oscar for best supporting actor for his character, Walter Sobchak Juliane Moore Maude Lebowski and Steve Buscemi who is unique in every Coen Brother movie. And in a time where so many film promise that they have the answer to the worlds problems and end up as slick, stylistic show-off films, what more could one ask for than a good-hearted film like this? It's movies like this that keep me watching despite the endless mountain of mindless garbage that Hollywood continually spews out.
Nothing else needs to be said about it other than it is the greatest movie ever made. With the combination of the writing of the Coen brothers and the Cinematography of Roger Deakins, they created a film as beautiful as it is funny. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. The dream sequence Busbee Berkley musical numbers are unique and awe-inspiring; the humor is rich, subtle, and clever in the way it satirizes politically correct arrogance; the free-flowing story avoids even pokes fun at nonessentials like plot points and pay-offs.
It is, once you dig deep, a fine piece of filmmaking. Every time I watch it I learn something new. No movie has entertained me more in the last year than this film. I thought the middle section was a bit too depressing and long. There are the touches of the masters in many of their films. Language Release 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English 0 English. One of the Joel and Ethan Coen's best, and one of the movie industry's best comedic film of all time.
The Coen brothers have always been considered 'cold' filmmakers, but there is nothing here but warmth and humanity as is the case with the Coens' Fargo. You want to go see this flick. Everything about the movie is perfect, the script, the direction, set design, costumes, and the wonderful soundtrack one of the most brilliant ever assembled, it includes lesser known Dylan and Elvis Costello numbers, Creedence classics, and songs from cult favourites like Yma Sumac, Captain Beefheart, Moondog, Esquivel and garage gods The Monks. I simply can't begin to perceive how one could sit down in front of this cinematic pop-poetry, as it plates gold on the silver screen, and not feel so incredibly alive. Other film makers have attempted to weave together various genres, styles and images in a similarly eclectic, postmodern fashion, but few do it as seamlessly and with such wit as Ethan and Joel Coen. In this film, I felt many touches of greatness, but more specifically I felt John Sayles or even John Cassevettes in spots.
Huddleston is also quite wonderful as the title character. But trust me, this is a movie that gets more funny every time you see it, even if it's your thousandth time seeing it. The performances are astounding, especially Goodman as the deranged bowler still living deep within the jungles of the Vietcong. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. The characters are brilliantly written by the coen brothers, and, likewise, are brilliantly portrayed by the actors.
The genius of the film lies within a game I think the Coen brothers play with their audiences. My favourite Coen brothers movie changes over the years as I watch and rewatch their amazingly original and consistently surprising oeuvre. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues.
It's delightfully written, directed with poise and acted with extravagance and excellence. . Looking at the films use of Sam Elliott to play The Stranger, who constantly rambles about the many wonders of The Dude among other things , it is clear that the film is an ode to a Dudist way of life. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. . . .
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