If you haven’t watched “The Big Lebowski,” then it is possible that you might not feel the excitement that I will be attempting to convey in my article below … the excitement of watching “The Big Lebowski” gang reunited.
The movie has a huge following that love the movie, but at the same time, it is still being discovered by many today. I will admit, I was one of those latecomers. I had always heard of the movie, and my friends and co-workers would quote lines from it. Yet, something — which for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on — kept me, “the movie addict,” from watching it sooner.
Perhaps I didn’t feel the name. Perhaps at the time it was released I was too young. Either way, when I finally watched it, I realized why it was a fan favorite.
I loved the lines, the style and the acting. In this movie, everyone takes themselves seriously. They are all in their own universes, but when these universes are brought together, it becomes a formula for coolness.
Recently, there have been a number of comedies about a group of friends hanging out, using drugs and cursing. Usually, they end up getting themselves in a huge mess. Yeah, I’m looking at you “Pineapple Express” and “The Hangover.”
I feel “The Big Lebowski” was ahead of its time, and these new movies are attempting to emulate its style. Yet, they fall short because “The Big Lebowski” is a unique and dark comedy.
This is why I propose a sequel to the original. It’s the right time for it … allow me to explain why:
First, this style of comedy is more popular than ever. Now, more than 20 years later, we have finally caught up to this movie. A sequel in the style of the first would be a miraculous concoction, especially if they can lure in the original stars to return.
At the moment, Jeff Bridges is on top of the world, having won the Academy Award this past year. So he can pretty much do whatever he wants. And let’s not forget he has “Tron: Legacy” already under his belt for Christmas. So would Mr. Bridges be interested in reprising his role as “The Dude?” (I would definitely love to know if “The Dude” is still paying for stuff by check now that we have debit cards.)
Yet, it wasn’t just him. The movie co-starred John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John “Jesus” Turturro. Need I say more? These folks are huge now (in one way or another), and bringing them all together again, all these years later,would be incredibly interesting.
What do you make of it? Do you love the original? Would a sequel work? Sound off in the comment section.
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