6 March 2018; “The Big Lebowski” (1998) Throwback

Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!

From the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan), the directors who brought the world of cinema films such as “Barton Fink” (1991), “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994), and countless others, comes this crime comedy…

[first lines]
The Stranger: [voiceover] “Way out west there was this fella… fella I wanna tell ya about. Fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. Mr. Lebowski, he called himself “The Dude”. Now, “Dude” – that’s a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then there was a lot about the Dude that didn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

“The Big Lebowski” released on this day March 6th 1998, making the film 20 years old as of today.

The plot centers on a bowler-slacker Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) who is mistaken for a millionaire who shares the same name. He is then tasked on a mission to secure the ransom of the millionaire’s kidnapped wife (Oscar winner Julianne Moore) and The Dude seeks help from his bowler friends (Golden Globe winners John Goodman and Steve Buscemi), however, chaos occurs when things don’t go as planned.

Fun fact; John Goodman said that he’s never had more fun acting in a movie than this flick. On a personal note, it is clear why that is so, which will not be spoiled here.

Some of the film’s highlights include the story, dialogue, cast including the late Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, performances, and oddball sequences.

If you are looking for a quirky and terrific late 90s comedy, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Highly recommended to fans of the genre, Jeff Bridges and Coen bros. fans.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design by New Wave Creative.
Poster artwork: Unknown.