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.
Rob Ager's analysis on youtube made me re-watch this. It is really quite perfect - and not a single Academy Award nomination...goes to show. Loosely based on the LA private eye genre - the Coen's create a 'State of the Nation' character portrait of America. It's funny, intelligent, surreal and spiritual. Watch it as a double bill with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'.
One of the handful of comedies that doesn't sacrifice a storyline for humor. This movie is filled with nonsensical humor and one-liners that make it one of the more memorable stoner comedies, leaving those that followed in its footsteps to pale in comparison to the original. 9/10
2.5 to 3. Features spectacular techniques, both visually and narratively, that work towards an end that isn't an end. The movie grinningly guts any and every opportunity for narrative weight; it's absurd with a capital 'A'. That's the point, but it still doesn't really leave an impact.