The Big Lebowski Review
“Funny, Funny, Funny, And Weird. Yet The Whole Film Is Completely In Your Grasp.”
August 23rd, 2009
What a delight by Joel and Ethan Coen, who, after an amazing job well done from Fargo, creating this is just simply, hilarious.
Jeff Bridges and John Goodman take the lead in this funny, wacky, upside down cult classic of bowling, a piss-stained rug, white russians, and comedic relief of brilliant actors including Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and Julianne Moore.
Bridges stars as the 'dude', Jeffrey Lebowski, just a lazy ass 70s stuck "hippie" lost in LA in the early 90s, and a bowling bum of sorts. His friend, Walter Sobchak played hilariuosly by John Goodman, is a crazed Vietnam war vet who is always at his side, taking in advice to the Dude and shutting up the jutty Donny, played by Steve Buscemi.
The Story is the arrow hitting the target for this film. One half can follow this short lived tale of the Thai stick smoking Dude, the other just sit back and laugh at whatever hits them and just try to follow along long enough. It tips and turns and completely vanquishes your anticipation of what will happen next.
Bridges does excellent, one of his best and most unique roles to hit the big screens. His portrayal is exactly the right thing to point and laugh at, and what he says and does is just plain comedy evolved. Not to say that he is the main guy for the story as he is in every single scene, he gives us some insight to what a lazy bum or hit slacker sap you can really become. His journey is short and changes completely, but he will always make you laugh. Always.
Goodman's Walter Sobchak is that supporting actor you can look back at and remember of how crazyyy people could be coming out of a lost drawn war. Crazy and funny is what Walter is. Saying the word 'fuck' in almost every one of his sentences, a down to earth guy who thinks pacifism and nihilsts are a joke is exactly what you get from Goodman. He makes me laugh every time I watch and listen to his rants and hollars for the real world. Just shut the fuck up, Donny.
Buscemi, Moore, Tara Reid, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Turturro, Peter Stormare, and David Thewlis all add great and joscastical humor to the film, from beginning to end. The narrator, Sam Elliot, and his deep and pulling voice wraps up such a cooky and unusual film success.
4.5 stars to Mr. Lebowski and the Coen Bros. who can really make films in this industry. One of my all time favorites. If your looking for something that would make you laugh, well you just found it. Highly recommended for the comedy and flip-side effect viewers.