Director: Joel & Ethan coen
Starring: William H Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormore
Overview: ‘Anything can happen in the middle of nowhere’. Your damn right it can. In this dark comedy the Coen brothers bring violence and comedy together to make this little gem of a movie. Joel & Ethan always had a very unusual directing style such as ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘Burn After Reading’, which is good to keep us thinking and engrossed.
The Story: Jerry Lundergard (William H Macy) a car dealer is in severe financial difficulty and needs a way to raise money to get him out of the debt. In a bizarre idea, he thought to hire professionals to kipnap his wife and ask for $80,000 ransom of her wealthy father, and Lundergard would give the kipnappers half the money. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Wrong, very wrong. All that could go wrong, goes wrong. Local Brainerd Chief of police Marge Olmtead-Gunderson (Frances McDormand), called to to a crime scene to investigate the death of three people including a police officer that leads her to the kidnappers. In a series of funny moments and severe deaths, more people died than expected and how much money did anyone actually get.
The Verdict: Nominated for 7 Oscars, and an Oscar winning performance from Frances McDormand, Fargo is truely a modern great. McDormands speech, head movement and allround performance was perfect. Macy’s character is bizarre and very funny and one of the most ridiculous ways to come up with money, just sheer brilliance. For the amount of drama in Fargo, i couldn’t stop laughing, and Fargo has some great one liners.