I've been meaning to watch this film for a long time because of my love for the Coen Brothers. However, I only now got around to it because it was on HBO. It may just be over-hype, but I think that it is probably my least favorite of their films.
The plot of the film is enjoyable enough, but I thought that it was pretty predictable as a whole. There are some funny moments, but I never thought it was absolutely hilarious, like some of the other films. It still does have the same witty dialogue that they are known for, though. I also didn't think it was as profound as some of their other films. While watching the film, I kept thinking of comparisons to "The Nice Guys", which I found to be more enjoyable. It seems as if Black was inspired by this film.
The filmmaking elements were all really good. The dream sequences were the best-made parts of the film, because they had some really intricate cinematography and production design. The acting is also really good as a whole. Jeff Bridges is obviously great as The Dude, but I thought that John Turturro and Peter Stormare were the funniest parts of the film. Both had characters with a very extreme personality that was well-executed.
Overall, "The Big Lebowski" is good enough, but I don't like it as much as the other Coen films. I think that the diversity in their filmography allows the audience to have different opinions of their films, so I understand if this is one of your favorites, but it just didn't appeal as much to me.
The Big Lebowski
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: HBO On Demand.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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