I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski
I was hoping to have this up by Kerabotsmas, but as it turns out, finals are important. So anyway, let’s get down to one of the most celebrated cult films of all time, The Big Lebowski.
What is it about The Big Lebowski that has made it so popular? Other than the fact that it’s just plain awesome, because that goes without saying. Like every other Coen flick, Lebowski is a story of interesting characters caught up in strange circumstances and coincidences, providing a bizarre and comical slice of life sort of story. In this case, we get a stoner caught up in a misunderstanding, which results in the defiling of his favorite rug that really tied the room together. On the journey to reclaim his lost treasure, he has an adventure beyond his life of bowling, driving around, and the occasional acid flashback.
It all sounds so simple, doesn’t it? The problem is, as much as I’ll try, any description I can give can hold a candle to the actual thing. Not that I think that there’s a ton of people who haven’t seen it yet, but it really is difficult to break this movie down without cheating and saying “just watch it.” Apart from being hysterical piece of film, the one-liners are fantastic, the characters are interesting, and it brought white russians back…not that I think they went anywhere, but that’s beyond the point.
Apart from the comedy aspect, I think the iconicity of The Dude is met by a great deal of heart – he’s just an average guy who enjoys the simple things. He was wronged and all he wants is his rug back. His friends might be absolutely crazy (okay, just Walter), but you still love them.
Amongst all of this bizarreness is a great deal of sincerity, and I think that’s what has helped The Big Lebowski become a timeless and celebrated cult classic. In fact, I think The Stranger says it best…
The Dude abides. I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners. Shoosh. I sure hope he makes the finals.