Sunday, February 17, 2008

Donny's Death

Personally, this is one of my favorite movies and I will always find it funny no matter how many times I watch it. I was wondering what scene everyone found the funniest. For me, the funniest scene is the first scene in the bowling alley when the Dude is discussing his rug with Walter. The dialogue in that scene is hysterical and I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to actually deal with Walter.

The scene right before Donny’s death, inside the bowling alley is a strange scene. Every time that we have seen Donny bowling, he has been “throwing rocks.” It is implied that he is a very good bowler, perhaps the best on his team. But in this scene, he does not get a strike, he rolls a 9. When the pin fails to fall over, Donny gives a bewildered look down the lane. I felt like the look he was giving was one of defeat and sadness. I never really noticed it before but his look was rather surprising. Considering that his death occurred in the very next scene, the remaining pin foreshadowed his imminent demise. Also, there is a flaw in this scene that anyone who has bowled will notice. Donny should have had a second shot and a chance to roll for the spare but that is beside the point. Most of this movie is extremely comical and very vulgar. But this specific scene stands out to me because it seems out of place. Looking back on it, Donny’s death is so pointless and unnecessary that I wonder why it had to occur. Did the Coen brothers need to kill him? What point was made by his death? I cannot find a reason for his death, I am not sure how the movie would have ended if Donny had lived but I do not think he needed to die. Throughout the movie, his only purpose was for Walter to make fun of him and tell him that he was out of his element. Donny is a punch line for Walter and just kind of a side character who really does nothing to progress the plot of the movie. The first time that I saw the movie, his death surprised me; but the Coen brothers do have a habit of killing characters that probably do not need to die.

2 comments:

RyNWrU said...

There are a lot of things that Donny does throughout the movie that foreshadow his demise. He rolls the 9 in the scene before, he has some obsession with the In-N-Out Burger and he dies of a heart attack, he gets "kissed" by the Jesus. Pay attention to this next time you watch it and you will surely agree.

RyNWrU said...

There are a lot of things that Donny does throughout the movie that foreshadow his demise. He rolls the 9 in the scene before, he has some obsession with the In-N-Out Burger and he dies of a heart attack, he gets "kissed" by the Jesus. Pay attention to this next time you watch it and you will surely agree.