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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski tethers on the premise of mistaken identity when Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski was mistaken for someone else and gets himself embedded in a mess that he has nothing to do with. This movie plays a lot into pop culture, especially with the iconic character played by Jeff Bridges. This movie brought together a string of varied personalities to produce what is a hilarious comedy.

I found this movie's tone similar to Fargo, a not bleak version of the mentioned film. Like Fargo, this also has a fantastic cast line up headed by Bridges and John Goodman. Even most of the bit players made their mark onscreen, from Julianne Moore's nonchalant character to Philip Seymour Hoffman's assistant, even down to John Turturro's limited screen time. Even the movie's atmosphere is very relaxed that it just seems to look like Goodman, Bridges and on occasion, Steve Buscemi are just hanging out and spewing their lines like it's no big deal - they look the part and play the part convincingly.

I didn't know much about the movie when I watched it, except that there's an iconic character and it seems to be mostly in a bowling place. The turn of events doesn't have to be a strong point because the characters are drawing one in to see the piece. Their performances are enough and the plot seems to fix itself as the movie progresses. I also didn't know that Moore was here, and while I haven't seen a chunk of her filmography, I wonder how eclectic her work choices seem to be because she's appearing in films I don't expect her to be and she nails it. I wonder why she hasn't been working with this great talent pool recently.

This is the part where you might hate me. I don't understand the appeal of The Dude at all. What made him an iconic character? Is it because of his nature through all the events that had transpired? Is it because of his pacifist-yet-not-pacifist characteristic? I don't understand what made him such an iconic character, that he's the one always mentioned when the movie is talked about. I thought that the movie was fantastic because of all the characters involved, but not necessarily just him.

It also features a great script that was given justice through the performances. This aged well, and a must-watch comedy that deserves its praises.

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  1. I watched this for my Blindspot Series 2 years ago. It was a very ridiculous film, a complete mad black comedy that gets me laugh all the time. Those trio are equally hilarious, although not in a comical way.
    Great write up~

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  2. I really love this movie but I don't hate you, it's the movie itself and the dark humour I love rather than the Dude. Maybe if I'd seen it when it originally came out I'd understand the hype for him!

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  3. Nice review! This is one of me and my sister's favorite movies. The script and performances that never gets old. I think the Dude is mentioned a lot because of Jeff Bridges performance, the script, and that there really wasn't a character like him before. :D

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