Chris’ sister Sarah came for a visit and joined us for some movies. Here’s what she had to say about The Big Lebowski.
The last time I watched this movie was many years ago. Since then I have been part of a bowling league and was a fairly avid bowler for a few months. I have to say my appreciation for this movie has greatly increased. If you have not seen this movie, you definitely should. The Big Lebowski is along the lines of Half Baked and Pineapple Express. Humor, a little bit of violence and a large amount of dope. Entertaining for everyone the entire time!
The Big Lebowski holds a very special place in my heart. Realistically, I’ve probably seen it somewhere around 25 times, starting at age 15 at summer camp. In fact, I even starred in a Big Lebowski-inspired student film made by my film class at the summer camp . . . but that’s a whole different story.
The Big Lebowski is 2 hours long, but it’s never felt that way to me. The pacing is incredible, especially considering the convoluted plot. In fact, I think The Big Lebowski is the best movie out there with that level of plot points, while still being an incredible comedy. It’s really an incredible feat.
Because of the insane plot, it’s the performances and characters that pretty much completely drive The Big Lebowski, and it’s a movie that achieves the rare goal of having every single character be funny and unique. There’s obviously The Dude (Jeff Bridges), and one of my all-time favorite minor movie characters, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro). But to me, the absolute star of The Big Lebowski is Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman. He’s one of my favorite film characters ever. He’s an amazing mix of being an asshole, but so tragic that it turns back around to being comedic. I think Walter is John Goodman’s masterpiece of performances.
The Big Lebowski is just a movie that has to be seen, and that’s that.
Again we run into the great John Goodman. This movie is pretty much perfect to me. It has John Goodman, Bob Dylan, and bowling! My sister recently came to town so we went to see this at the Drafthouse for one of their weekly quote-alongs. The quote-along was alright but they had a special on White Russians which made it.
This is definitely a movie that I have grown to appreciate with age. I think I saw it too young for the first time because I didn’t get most of it. Both the jokes and the story. Now I get most of the story and I think my second favorite performance might be Philip Seymour Hoffman. His facial expressions make me laugh in every scene he’s in.