There is a world of culture between me and this film, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to watch it again with virgin eyes. The seeds of dissent were probably evident in my second viewing, at a time when I loved the movie, when the prospect of enduring Donny's abuse and demise already seemed a cruel joke. This unpleasantness now taints the rest of the film for me and while I enjoy scenes, I no longer abide.
It has some of the best dialogue/characters ever written for film, and I love the message. It's about people. It's the most character driven movie ever, because all the stakes are manufactured by the characters. Critics initially didn't like it, because they found it meandering. Well, yeah! That's the point.
The more times I watch this film, the more I appreciate how meticulous and deeply layered it is. But, I still love it more for how absolutely hilarious it is! There are few films that give me as much joy as this one does, from the brilliantly funny dialogue, to the unforgettable characters, to the criminally un-nominated performances by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore.