The Big Lebowski Reviews

  • 2d ago

    This is what i would like to call the epitome of chill movies. A must watch before you die

    This is what i would like to call the epitome of chill movies. A must watch before you die

  • 4d ago

    Classic. The dude abides.

    Classic. The dude abides.

  • Jul 04, 2021

    Overall I thought The Big Lebowski was a very good film in so many ways, rightfully earning its cult status amongst fans. The Coen brothers did a tremendous job in balancing the humour with the intense narrative, both which worked to great effect. The performances from both Jeff Bridges and John Goodman are some of the best I've seen in a comedy, once again it's easy to see why this film is adored by many. The script offers so many quotable words and lines and The Dude (played by Bridges) is the perfect character for this sort of script to thrive off. The supporting cast also with Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman 🙏🏼 and Steve Buschemi all offered their class here. This is a film that has only gotten better with time and I loved all aspects of it. We should all channel our inner Dude and go bowling a little more. And don't forget a White Russian 🥃 A cracking film that I can only recommend others go enjoy too 👍🏼 Quote - ‘It really tied the room together' - The Dude Rating - 5/5

    Overall I thought The Big Lebowski was a very good film in so many ways, rightfully earning its cult status amongst fans. The Coen brothers did a tremendous job in balancing the humour with the intense narrative, both which worked to great effect. The performances from both Jeff Bridges and John Goodman are some of the best I've seen in a comedy, once again it's easy to see why this film is adored by many. The script offers so many quotable words and lines and The Dude (played by Bridges) is the perfect character for this sort of script to thrive off. The supporting cast also with Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman 🙏🏼 and Steve Buschemi all offered their class here. This is a film that has only gotten better with time and I loved all aspects of it. We should all channel our inner Dude and go bowling a little more. And don't forget a White Russian 🥃 A cracking film that I can only recommend others go enjoy too 👍🏼 Quote - ‘It really tied the room together' - The Dude Rating - 5/5

  • Jun 30, 2021

    The Coen Brothers' cult classic comedy remains a personal favorite of mine. Joel Coen's direction for his absurdist crime comedy The Big Lebowski (1998) is astounding with surreal dream sequences, creative visuals, and a relaxed tone that allows the audience to just vibe with these iconic strange characters. The Big Lebowski is beloved by stoners, chill dudes, and film fans for a reason. I can revisit this deliriously fun comedy and always find new details, cameos, references, and layers. The Big Lebowski is not laugh out loud funny for simple gags or slapstick, but rather the delightful memorable performances from the outstanding cast. Jeff Bridges feels at home as the unemployed stoner bowler Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski. He's so relaxed and just living his life as chaos swarms him that you have to see his lead performance to see how endearing he is as Dudester. John Goodman's raving Vietnam veteran and bowling enthusiast Walter Sobchak. He should have won an Oscar for his mad insistence about every rule and occurrence in The Dude's life. Steve Buscemi is out of his element as idiotic surfer and bowler Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos. Every time Goodman screams at Donny, I just die. Buscemi plays Donny with a childlike innocence and blissful naivety. Julianne Moore is drop dead gorgeous and downright hilarious as a fast talking, vapid LA artist named Maude Lebowski. Philip Seymour Hoffman is a riot as the silly sycophant butler Brandt. His awkward, nervous laughter and gentle voice are just too funny. David Huddleston's role as Jeffrey "The Big" Lebowski is fantastic as he bemoans grifters and hippies with equal disdain, while living off his daughter's funds and giving away his allowance to his deadbeat porno actress wife Bunny Lebowski, played by a cute and playful Tara Reid. Furthermore, Ben Gazzara appears as porn producer Jackie Treehorn in a fun encounter with The Dude. David Thewlis' cameo as Knox Harrington is so funny with his obnoxious giggling. Peter Stormare's nihilist Uli Kunkel, Torsten Voges' nihilist Franz, Flea's nihilist Kieffer, and Aimee Mann's nihilist woman that's Franz' girlfriend are all hilarious. Their whiny and empty threats are no joke and some of the funniest gags in The Big Lebowski. Finally, it's sweet that The Coen Bros. has Jon Polito to be the worthless private detective Da Fino in a great cameo after his phenomenal role in Miller's Crossing. Every acting role in The Big Lebowski has a funny, memorable moment. Joel and Ethan Coen's writing is so sharp that they create this vast LA world full of stoner bowlers, German nihilists, Vietnam veterans, crippled millionaires, and in debt porn stars for us to laugh hysterically at their endless wit, antics, and stories. The Big Lebowski has a complex plot resembling a Hunter S. Thompson or Thomas Pynchon novel, but it's delivered deftly by Joel Coen's silly direction in a framed narrative by Sam Elliott's walking Western homage narrator The Stranger because The Coen Brothers love their Westerns for sure. The Big Lebowski feels like a neo-noir in daylight with outrageous characters satirizing the wealthy elites in Hollywood and the impoverished bowling class of LA. The Coen Bros. make all people seem absurd as they go about their weird lives. I like the emasculation undertones as every single man in the movie is doing something for their woman, whether it's nihilists demanding ransom for their girlfriend, Walter watching his ex-wife's dog, Maude giving allowance to her own father, or literally every character forcing the passive Dude character to do something he just doesn't feel like. Let alone, the numerous threats of castration, The Big Lebowski is all about men that are not masculine anymore unlike Sam Elliott's classically tough and cool narrator type. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Tricia Cooke's editing swiftly cuts around random encounters, brief violence, comfort bowling, and playful flirting for a breezy 117 minutes that feels half that length. Roger Deakins' gorgeous cinematography beautifully captures bowling balls smashing pins down long alleys to characters shuffling around in striking wide shots. The Big Lebowski has as many visual jokes in frame as there on on the script's hilariously written page. Carter Burwell's score is so whimsical and adorable, adding another level of charm to The Big Lebowski. The soundtrack is calming late 60's songs like Creedence Clearwater Revival jams and unfortunately The Eagles. I love the gag that John Turturro's pederast professional bowler Jesus "Tha Jesus" Quintana is introduced while a Spanish language version of The Eagles' "Hotel California" plays in the background just so you know he's a bad guy. Rick Heinrichs' production design has The Dude's home a dirty leftover hippie abode, while The Big Lebowski's mansion is all opulence for show. Chris L. Spellman and Mariko Braswell's set decoration has very charming choices. You can tell The Dude is a poor stoner by his apartment in shambles, the other Lebowski has money because of his quality rug, and Maude is a pretentious artist with her Jackson Pollock like painting everywhere. The bowling alley is quite charming and everything looks natural. John Dexter's art direction has lovely choices of smashed cars in fountains to bowling alley dream sequences. Janek Sirrs and Janet Yale's visual effects conjure up CGI bowling pins and space scenery for the adorable and playful dream sequences. Lastly, I have to mention the iconic costumes from costume designers Mary Zophres, Pamela Withers, and Virginia Burton. The Dude's sweaters and robes, Walter's Vietnam fits, Jesus' purple jumpsuit, to Bunny's bikini are all fashion masterpieces. You can immediately recognize any character from The Big Lebowski by their outfits. Seline Jayne, Edouard F. Henriques, and Jean Ann Black's make-up work is excellent with natural looks fitting each person's style. Bridges looks like a messy stoner, while Moore appears all done up like the rich artist she portrays. In conclusion, The Big Lebowski is just one fun romp with a chill vibe that never ages.

    The Coen Brothers' cult classic comedy remains a personal favorite of mine. Joel Coen's direction for his absurdist crime comedy The Big Lebowski (1998) is astounding with surreal dream sequences, creative visuals, and a relaxed tone that allows the audience to just vibe with these iconic strange characters. The Big Lebowski is beloved by stoners, chill dudes, and film fans for a reason. I can revisit this deliriously fun comedy and always find new details, cameos, references, and layers. The Big Lebowski is not laugh out loud funny for simple gags or slapstick, but rather the delightful memorable performances from the outstanding cast. Jeff Bridges feels at home as the unemployed stoner bowler Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski. He's so relaxed and just living his life as chaos swarms him that you have to see his lead performance to see how endearing he is as Dudester. John Goodman's raving Vietnam veteran and bowling enthusiast Walter Sobchak. He should have won an Oscar for his mad insistence about every rule and occurrence in The Dude's life. Steve Buscemi is out of his element as idiotic surfer and bowler Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos. Every time Goodman screams at Donny, I just die. Buscemi plays Donny with a childlike innocence and blissful naivety. Julianne Moore is drop dead gorgeous and downright hilarious as a fast talking, vapid LA artist named Maude Lebowski. Philip Seymour Hoffman is a riot as the silly sycophant butler Brandt. His awkward, nervous laughter and gentle voice are just too funny. David Huddleston's role as Jeffrey "The Big" Lebowski is fantastic as he bemoans grifters and hippies with equal disdain, while living off his daughter's funds and giving away his allowance to his deadbeat porno actress wife Bunny Lebowski, played by a cute and playful Tara Reid. Furthermore, Ben Gazzara appears as porn producer Jackie Treehorn in a fun encounter with The Dude. David Thewlis' cameo as Knox Harrington is so funny with his obnoxious giggling. Peter Stormare's nihilist Uli Kunkel, Torsten Voges' nihilist Franz, Flea's nihilist Kieffer, and Aimee Mann's nihilist woman that's Franz' girlfriend are all hilarious. Their whiny and empty threats are no joke and some of the funniest gags in The Big Lebowski. Finally, it's sweet that The Coen Bros. has Jon Polito to be the worthless private detective Da Fino in a great cameo after his phenomenal role in Miller's Crossing. Every acting role in The Big Lebowski has a funny, memorable moment. Joel and Ethan Coen's writing is so sharp that they create this vast LA world full of stoner bowlers, German nihilists, Vietnam veterans, crippled millionaires, and in debt porn stars for us to laugh hysterically at their endless wit, antics, and stories. The Big Lebowski has a complex plot resembling a Hunter S. Thompson or Thomas Pynchon novel, but it's delivered deftly by Joel Coen's silly direction in a framed narrative by Sam Elliott's walking Western homage narrator The Stranger because The Coen Brothers love their Westerns for sure. The Big Lebowski feels like a neo-noir in daylight with outrageous characters satirizing the wealthy elites in Hollywood and the impoverished bowling class of LA. The Coen Bros. make all people seem absurd as they go about their weird lives. I like the emasculation undertones as every single man in the movie is doing something for their woman, whether it's nihilists demanding ransom for their girlfriend, Walter watching his ex-wife's dog, Maude giving allowance to her own father, or literally every character forcing the passive Dude character to do something he just doesn't feel like. Let alone, the numerous threats of castration, The Big Lebowski is all about men that are not masculine anymore unlike Sam Elliott's classically tough and cool narrator type. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Tricia Cooke's editing swiftly cuts around random encounters, brief violence, comfort bowling, and playful flirting for a breezy 117 minutes that feels half that length. Roger Deakins' gorgeous cinematography beautifully captures bowling balls smashing pins down long alleys to characters shuffling around in striking wide shots. The Big Lebowski has as many visual jokes in frame as there on on the script's hilariously written page. Carter Burwell's score is so whimsical and adorable, adding another level of charm to The Big Lebowski. The soundtrack is calming late 60's songs like Creedence Clearwater Revival jams and unfortunately The Eagles. I love the gag that John Turturro's pederast professional bowler Jesus "Tha Jesus" Quintana is introduced while a Spanish language version of The Eagles' "Hotel California" plays in the background just so you know he's a bad guy. Rick Heinrichs' production design has The Dude's home a dirty leftover hippie abode, while The Big Lebowski's mansion is all opulence for show. Chris L. Spellman and Mariko Braswell's set decoration has very charming choices. You can tell The Dude is a poor stoner by his apartment in shambles, the other Lebowski has money because of his quality rug, and Maude is a pretentious artist with her Jackson Pollock like painting everywhere. The bowling alley is quite charming and everything looks natural. John Dexter's art direction has lovely choices of smashed cars in fountains to bowling alley dream sequences. Janek Sirrs and Janet Yale's visual effects conjure up CGI bowling pins and space scenery for the adorable and playful dream sequences. Lastly, I have to mention the iconic costumes from costume designers Mary Zophres, Pamela Withers, and Virginia Burton. The Dude's sweaters and robes, Walter's Vietnam fits, Jesus' purple jumpsuit, to Bunny's bikini are all fashion masterpieces. You can immediately recognize any character from The Big Lebowski by their outfits. Seline Jayne, Edouard F. Henriques, and Jean Ann Black's make-up work is excellent with natural looks fitting each person's style. Bridges looks like a messy stoner, while Moore appears all done up like the rich artist she portrays. In conclusion, The Big Lebowski is just one fun romp with a chill vibe that never ages.

  • Jun 26, 2021

    It really is that good. I wanted more of this from "Inherent Vice," which makes just as little sense but is not nearly as fun on a scene-by-scene basis, and not anchored in anything as vivid and singular as The Dude.

    It really is that good. I wanted more of this from "Inherent Vice," which makes just as little sense but is not nearly as fun on a scene-by-scene basis, and not anchored in anything as vivid and singular as The Dude.

  • Jun 26, 2021

    This movie is one of my all time favorite comedies! This film builds and builds as it goes becoming more funny. I saw this as a kid and didn’t really care for it. Then I saw it again as an adult and it was completely different and hilarious!

    This movie is one of my all time favorite comedies! This film builds and builds as it goes becoming more funny. I saw this as a kid and didn’t really care for it. Then I saw it again as an adult and it was completely different and hilarious!

  • Jun 25, 2021

    A great film, but one I appreciate a lot more now than I ever did when I was younger. The nuances seem funnier, somehow. Drier comedically than I remember, too

    A great film, but one I appreciate a lot more now than I ever did when I was younger. The nuances seem funnier, somehow. Drier comedically than I remember, too

  • Jun 24, 2021

    This film is a piece of art first and foremost, which is why it is so great.I absolutely love it. It is completely original and completely creative. It comesfrom an era when Hollywood allowed more originality and risk taking. It could not be any better!

    This film is a piece of art first and foremost, which is why it is so great.I absolutely love it. It is completely original and completely creative. It comesfrom an era when Hollywood allowed more originality and risk taking. It could not be any better!

  • Jun 15, 2021

    I finally got around to seeing this damn thing- well, most of it anyway. I gave up about an hour & ten in- found a synopsis to quickly read & confirm that I needn't bother finishing it. Bridges & Goodman fill out characters that would be delightful in a SNL skit, but the shtick gets old real fast. And one absurdity piled upon another does not a plot make. That this film is a cult classic just makes me sad for humanity.

    I finally got around to seeing this damn thing- well, most of it anyway. I gave up about an hour & ten in- found a synopsis to quickly read & confirm that I needn't bother finishing it. Bridges & Goodman fill out characters that would be delightful in a SNL skit, but the shtick gets old real fast. And one absurdity piled upon another does not a plot make. That this film is a cult classic just makes me sad for humanity.

  • Jun 13, 2021

    how is this a cult classic?

    how is this a cult classic?