Monday, December 27, 2004

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Hoo yeah, more than just a pretty face!

Genre: Comedy Crime Mystery

Starring: Jeff Bridges (Arlington Road; The Fisher King), John Goodman (O, Brother Where Art Thou?; Barton Fink)

Directed By: Joel Coen (Miller's Crossing; The Hudsucker Proxy)

Overview: Some Dude gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity turned kidnapping investigation.

Acting: Perfectly professional, no one over-acting (any more than anybody else). The lines in this movie couldn't have been as well delivered if the casting were different. Delivery and direction were incredible. Top drawer. Not really impressed by Flea though, to tell you the truth.
Rating: 8

Script: "You don't fucking mess wit da Jesus, meinh."

The Cohen Brothers are known for their quirky dialogues, they don't let up here either. The lines in this movie are great and the situations are made even more hilarious by the script. Perfect.
Rating: 8

Cinematography: Incredible Cinematography. From high-art dream sequences to slow-motion character introductions, this movie fits right up there with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Director Gus Van Sant's recent works (Jerry; Elephant) for scene-setting. Even some regular scenes in the bowling alley and in Dude's house caught my eye as being really well storyboarded.
Rating: 9

Plot: When you look at it from an overview perspective, it's really not that original a concept, but the Cohen brothers make it seem as though it was the first "I got caught up in something over my head" plot and the twists are predicatble while still throwing you for just one more loop over the last.
Rating: 8

Mood: Utterly silly. The characters were awesome and over the top, even the bit players like the Iron Lung guy and his kid, the cop who finds the car, the thugs throughout. The dream sequences and the characters really made this movie weird and quirky, and it was perfectly done without being too much. The Big Lebowski could really have done without the stupid narrator though, I don't get it.
Rating: 8

"You know when I thin Coen Brothers I think of me too..."

Overall Rating: 82% (Really Great)

Aftertaste: It's The Big Lebowski. If you haven't seen it, you were probably in a coma or something. This belongs in everyone's repertoire.

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