Why this film is so beloved is beyond me. The Coens have made some incredible films over the years but for me this is not one of them. Scattershot scripting, under written characters and visually interesting sequences that go nowhere seem to work against the film. Mind you the soundtrack is quite monumental.
Very weak and loose incursion into the film-noir by the Coens. Here the plot is fairly insubstantial and the blanks are filled with humour to give some needed weight to the lot. But it is the figure of the charismatic and nihilistic Dude what makes the film for many and this character alone has been reason enough to grant this film cult status in the eyes of many of its wide following.
A surprisingly beguiling riff on everything and nothing. There’s a certain dopey wit behind the meandering rolls of autistic logic and gadfly-like use of recurring leitmotifs (ethnicity, conceptual art, etc.) The cliche of the innocent’s (of sorts) bewildered view on the world works well - Bridges most effective - to offset the general nihilism of the piece. Can a film itself be the MacGuffin, though?
I love this group of characters. Coen Brothers' great storytelling. The dream sequence with Julianne Moore as a Valkyrie and Peter Stormare running after Jeff Bridges with huge scissors is priceless. The movie only grows on me and the Dude is cool. Take my word for it - it's great
In what way is this movie like the Bible? Well, it is a jumbled mess of self-contradictory cliches and half-baked mysticism interspersed with studied moments of situational comedy. Some it inspires to outlandishly fanatical devotion (or hatred), others it merely lulls with its familiar moralising, off-kilter characters, well-worn catchphrases and ebullient humanity. I fall in the latter category.
4.5 stars. One of those films which seems to change in brilliance depending on the company one watches it with. I've generally found it to be a film more beloved by het blokes, with its focus on male friendship, bro-ish appreciation of the ladies and vague libertarian streak (as with the webcomic 'Achewood'). It's such a fun time at the movies I love the big stoned shaggy bear of a film. In its way it's kinda kawaii!
Chissà perché ho aspettato fino a ieri sera per vedere questo film. È meraviglioso. Ci sono delle scene pazzesche e nonostante sia costantemente circondato da una nebbia di follia, alcool e allucinazioni, riesce anche a mantenere una giusta dose di più serio mistero e colpi di scena riguardo al rapimento. Quando Drugo prova a bloccare la porta dal lato sbagliato, mi sono piegata in due dal ridere. Grandi protagonisti