The Coen Brothers have a long history of making movies. Specifically, they have a long history of making incredible movies. Surprisingly, I found that the love for the Coen Brothers splits opinion. Some of you (like me) find the possibility that the Coen brothers are anything less than genius ridiculous. After all, they not only manage to make a tense, heart-pounding thriller (No Country For Old Men), but manage to tickle us with hilarity (Fargo) in equal footing. I was going to lead into a “one of their most popular” or “one of their most well liked movies” bit, but then I realised that this is a cult film by the best definition. There is no fun in being popular. So here it is man, The Big Lebowski.
Choosing to opt for a very non-linear narrative, The Big Lebowski is a hilarious compilation of sketches revolving around a ‘White Russian’ swilling stoner. The lack of plot may seem confounding but its reduction to the background makes the brilliantly witty dialogue stand out. The script is so strong that you forget that you are watching basically skits because they are juicy and full of so many hilarious jokes. There is no beginning, middle or end to this story. It feels more like a collection of ‘days in the life of’ The Dude and you can’t complain at such a charismatic character.
Much of the cast are great; John Goodman is outstanding as the irate Walter, who flips his lid over the tiniest of details and even goes as far as threatening a 12 year old boy. Steve Buscemi (everyone’s favourite “ugly guy”) does what he does best as the ever outsider Donny who lacks the prowess to put his ideas into motion. Even the support are stand out and this collection of great actors and actresses is mind blowing.
“This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head. Fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber."
- The Dude