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#TBT: The Big Lebowski Movie Review

Finally! Throwback Thursday is back with a special review brought to you by FatCats Gilbert located on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline. There are so many fun things to do at FatCats such as bowling, mini golf, and the best movie theaters in the state of Arizona!

Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” (left) and John Goodman as Walter (right)

There are a few new movies out this weekend including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the new Nicholas Sparks film The Choice, and finally, a movie I’ve been looking forward to for a while, Hail, Caesar! the new film by the mastermind Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel. Ever since I heard about this movie I was psyched because the Coen brothers have made so many movies I love such as Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, True Grit, and, of course, The Big Lebowski. In honor of Hail, Caesar! I’ll be reviewing one of my favorite comedies of all time, The Big Lebowski. If you haven’t seen the movies, you’ve probably seen the shirts. The movie is so quotable, and probably delivers my favorite performances from both Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. It’s easily one of my favorite comedies of all time, and it means a lot to me. It’s easy to re-watch, and when I’m with friends, it’s one of the first movies I show to them. You probably know what I think about this movie already, but let’s talk about it.

Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is directed by Ethan and Joel Coen, the Coen brothers, and stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi. Jeff Bridges is in the lead as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski. He pretty much spends his entire life smoking marijuana and bowling with his best friends Walter, played by John Goodman, and Donny, played by Steve Buscemi. Unfortunately, The Dude has been given the same last name as a multimillionaire, and the multimillionaire’s wife owes a ton of money to some dangerous men. When the men come into The Dude’s house and put his head in the toilet and soil on his rug that “really tied the room together,” he enlists in the help of Walter and Donny to seek out repayment for his ruined rug. Along the way, a ton of hilarity ensues, and our three main characters get into some serious trouble, and it makes for one of the greatest comedy films ever put to the screen.

Jeff Bridges as “The Dude”

First of all, this movie is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. If I’m not laughing, I’m at least smiling. There is a scene in this movie where Walter destroys the wrong man’s car, and the entire scene had me rolling on the floor. I could watch that scene so many times over and over again, and I would never get tired or bored of it. I’ll watch that scene today after seeing the film who knows how many times and still get tears in my eyes from laughter. Jeff Bridges also gives my favorite performance of his career. Jeff Bridges was born to play this role. Every line and tone is so perfect for Bridges, and he so perfectly embodies The Dude. He is so relaxed the entire movie, and for a plot that really has a somewhat silly concept, it’s so interesting and fun. I also love John Goodman, and this is probably my favorite performance from him. He is so insanely funny for the entire movie. Like I said before, the car smashing scene is just one of so many scenes Goodman steals as The Dude’s best friend Walter. The casting is so perfect. This is the kind of role that John Goodman took and made his own, and I stopped seeing John Goodman, and he became Walter. The writing and direction are so brilliant in this movie by the Coen brothers. Each shot is so well shot, and the movie is so crazy and entertaining. I can’t even think of a joke that didn’t hit for me. The Coen brothers are some of the most talented writers and directors in the business, and this is my personal favorite of their films. The screenplay and direction are both so phenomenal, that, as I said, though the movie has kind of a silly plot, The Dude seeking reprehension for his rug that has been urinated on, it goes into such a deep story, and you stay invested the entire time. Each shot is so crisp, and the story telling is so great. From beginning to end, the movie feels so fresh, and though it is a stoner film, it’s not like another comedy. It’s intelligent and laugh-out-loud side-splitting. It’s also so quotable. If you said “The Dude abides” in a public place you would instantly turn the heads of movie fans. There are so many lines that make me giggle just typing this like, “This is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules,” or “I’m the Dude, so that’s what you call me. That or, uh His Dudeness, or uh Duder, or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing,” or even “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.” All of those quotes in part with so many more are what make this movie so great.

“You’re entering a world of pain!”

To be completely honest, I have no real negatives with The Big Lebowski. It’s one of the most fun movies, and it’s so re-watchable. All of the characters are so great in their respective roles. Even Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers has a cool cameo in the film! How can you beat that? The Big Lebowski is one of the best directed and best written films of all time, and the Coen brothers established a name for themselves with this movie by making a comedy that will envelop your interest and give you a stitch in your side from laughter. Though I don’t give this score to very many comedies, The Big Lebowski knocks down all of the pins for a strike and gets a 10/10.

“The Dude Abides”

Have you seen The Big Lebowski? If you have, what do you think about it? Leave me a comment and let me know! If you haven’t, I would definitely suggest giving it a look, because you may be missing out on a movie that you could love. Also, what is your favorite Coen Brothers film? If you couldn’t tell, mine is The Big Lebowski, followed by Fargo, another movie with Steve Buscemi in a substantial role. I wish I could talk about Fargo, too, but I can’t today. Maybe next time. I should have my review for the Coen brothers new film Hail, Caesar! starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ray Fiennes, and Jonah Hill posted on Friday. If that list doesn’t tickle you pink, I don’t know what does. Be sure to stay tuned for that, and, as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm