The Big Lebowski: no

Do you ever get that weird feeling when everyone has been raving about something, or telling you that you’ll love this show/band/food but you try it and it’s just a bit… meh? Well, berate me as you will but I didn’t really like The Big Lebowski.

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I just don’t think I ‘got’ it. I know there’s something there to ‘get’, because all of the components – the characters, the script, the sheers 90sness of its all – were ace. It just didn’t come together for me; it didn’t add up to the sum of its parts.

Whether I liked it or not is almost irrelevant; it was an outdoor cinema at Ally Pally and by default, that makes it – to borrow a phrase from 2005 – fuckin’ A. My date and I arrived as the sun was setting, so we went for a jaunt around the palace grounds. I attempted some night-time photography of the London skyline and failed hilariously.

Back in the cinema car pack, we cracked open the Thomas Tucker Coconut Toffee popcorn. Tommy Tucker had kindly sent us a hamper of popcorn for the occasion, including Chilli and Lime, Caramel Summer Fruits, and Sweet ‘n’ Salt. We thought we’d pay homage to the summeriness of the situation – sitting outside (albeit inside my regrettably hard-topped car) surrounded by soft tops – with the Coconut and it was really moreish, sweet and fresh; definitely one to pick up for your next trip to an outdoor cinema.

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Maybe it was because my date had cruelly had her heartbroken the previous evening so we were chatting (read: plotting his untimely demise… I jest. Swear), but I found the storyline too jagged to fully hold my attention. I can see how it’s garnered cult status; it’s weird enough. But one thing’s for sure: it won’t be making an appearance of my increasingly retro-looking DVD shelves any time soon.

The Bussey Building in Peckham has a stellar Rooftop Film Club schedule for the summer (funnily enough I’m typing this from a seat on a British Airways flight, and it’s sponsored by these very chaps. ***round of applause to BA for the free gin***), so I maybe I’ll have a better experience there.


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