Movie: "Fargo"
Year: 1996
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writing credits: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 12/16/2009

Plot: Jerry Lundegaard hatches a plot to have his wife "kidnapped" and then extort his father-in-law for the money, but unfortunately everything quickly falls to shit as the plan goes awry.

Review: What says "Happy Holidays!" like the sight of human body parts sticking out of a wood chipper? Okay, so Fargo isn't exactly a holiday film, but it has lots of snow in it, and that's close enough in my book to count for something. While not the best film by the Coen brothers, it is another solid film in a long line of damned good movies they cranked out during the 1980s and 90s.

I could watch the movie over and over again just for the silly accents alone, but for me the highlight of the movie is watching the interactions between Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare's characters, who have been hired to kidnap William H. Macy's wife so that he can totally scam some money out of his disgustingly rich father-in-law. Buscemi is the typical twitchy, bitchy, talkative, yet-somehow-so-charismatic nervous wreck he portrays in so many films, which plays perfectly off of Stormare's creepy, taciturn, dead-eyed sociopath. William H. Macy is also tremendously enjoyable as the awkward, insecure husband in trouble (his temper tantrums are awesome). And Frances McDormand is extremely convincing as a pregnant small town cop, who seems mildly surprised by everything, but lets nothing bother her.

The Coens' movies tend to fall into one of two camps: farcical comedies or serious noir crime dramas. Sometimes the line blurs between the two, and that's what you have with Fargo, where fucked up situations are made funnier than they should be because of the characters and their bizarre reactions. This is a film about some simple people getting mixed up in some not-so-simple situations, and is definitely a worthy addition to the Coen catalog.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Dec 16th, 2009, 12:20 PM
Every time I see a wood chipper I think of Steve Buscemi because of this movie.
The face of trapped wind.
Dec 16th, 2009, 01:53 PM
The one real downside to the film is after it came out people thought us Minnesota folk talked like that. Only a small few actually do.
Dec 16th, 2009, 04:27 PM
I loved his movie. But I went so long without seeing it, which I truly regretted. Better late than never though.
Forum Virgin
Dec 16th, 2009, 04:37 PM
"You're such a super-lady!" is probably the most-oft quoted bit of movie dialogue between me and my friends the last ten years. It's so very, very perfect for almost any occasion when said enthusiastically enough.
I hate this hacker crap!
Dec 16th, 2009, 06:23 PM
Fargo is a strange but very enjoyable movie. It's not one I go out of my way to see, but still enjoy if it's on.
Sex Panther
Dec 16th, 2009, 08:43 PM
I think there's an urban legend that some woman died of exposure because she was looking for the money from this movie.
Forum Virgin
Dec 17th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Originally Posted by Gato View Post
I think there's an urban legend that some woman died of exposure because she was looking for the money from this movie.
It's funny what urban legends pop up from movies. On topic, the wood chipper scene always made me a shudder a bit. Still a good movie in my book.
Forum Virgin
Dec 17th, 2009, 01:36 PM
It's a fantastic movie, but I missed out on the best part. Some years ago a special edition was released, that contained the most awesome of xmas gifts, a snow globe that had the foot sticking out of the wood chipper. Thinking I had time to pick it up when it went on sale I waited, and never saw it again.
Dec 17th, 2009, 01:57 PM
I absolutely adore this movie.
Dec 18th, 2009, 03:14 AM
Originally Posted by Gato View Post
I think there's an urban legend that some woman died of exposure because she was looking for the money from this movie.
It is just a media-created legend; the real story has nothing to do with the movie, and is actually kinda sad: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takako_...(office_worker)

The Coens' films are always memorable for their weird and sublime little touches. Fargo actually credits Prince as a cast member, when it is obviously not him, but rather a Minnesota in-joke.
Forum Virgin
Dec 20th, 2009, 10:51 AM
Yeah, why does everyone love fargo so much?It was okay, but The Big lebowskie was better, and I know I will get crap for it, but I think even the Hudsucker Proxy was better as far as Coen brothers films go, and that movie gets no love!
Dec 20th, 2009, 12:22 PM
The question is, why should I not love it so much?