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The Big Lebowski (DVD)
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The Big Lebowski (DVD)
Date: 19/09/08, updated on 19/09/08 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Great Character Driven Romp
The Big Lebowski is the Coen brother's seventh film. In fact it's their 'middle film' if you like. They made six films prior to this, and have subsequently (with the yet to be released 'Burn After Reading') made six films after it.
The story revolves around Jeffrey Lebowski - also known as 'The Dude', magnificently played by Jeff Bridges.
Due to a case of mistaken identity, 'The Dude' becomes entangled in a kidnap plot - but more concerned about seeking retribution for his ruined rug, he embarks of a journey which introduces him to some of L.A's more unusual characters.
The acting throughout The Big Lebowski is top notch - and it's a good job, as the Coen Brothers films are character driven and often rely on the relationship between the central characters and the audience.
Jeff Bridges is excellent - surely he's never played such a laid back character, neither before or since.
Steve Buscemi once again makes his guaranteed Coen Brothers movie appearance. I say 'guaranteed', as from 1990 all the way through to 1998, Buscemi starred in every film which the crafty American directors have made. Here, he is as entertaining as ever, playing 'Donny', the somewhat bullied bowling buddy of John Goodman's 'Walter'.
Goodman is superb in a portrayal of the easily riled 'Nam' vet. The role is a great showcase for his acting abilities.
In fact all the characters are beautifully crafted. Julianne Moore steps up to provide small, but unusual role, whilst other Coen brothers favourite - John Torturro plays an excellent cameo as 'Jesus' the bowler - getting strikes in time with Spanish vocal rendition of Hotel California - classic stuff.
The eagle eyed amongst you may notice an even smaller cameo from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea who portrays one of the Nihilist's - 'Nihilist #2' infact, according to the credits.
The movie is superbly filmed and extremely creative. An example of this is the fantastical bowling dream sequence featuring Saddam Hussein.
As i've previously mentioned in my review of 'O Brother Where Art Thou?', the Big Lebowski is my joint favourite Coen Brothers film. I only hope their newest offering 'Burn After Reading' is even half as good as this cinematic gem.
This movie is one of only a handful of films which I can watch countless times without getting tired of.
If you haven't seen it, give it a go - you may be pleasantly surprised.
You can purchase this DVD for only £3.98 from Amazon - Excellent value.
Summary: Great piece of cinema