Day: March 16, 2008

Coen to the Midwest: Review for "Fargo"

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The film Fargois supposedly based on a true story. The events that are featured in the film took place in 1987. But those who have seen the Coen’s work of art and believe this were fooled! Joel and Ethan Coen were inspired by true events that did not take place in Minnesota or North Dakota.

Poor Mr. Lundergard (a brilliant William H. Macy) is down on his luck and need money. How much? $750,000 to clear his debts. So he asks a couple of hit men (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife for a ransom of $1 million. He hopes that his wife’s father will give the money to them, because he’s rich. But what follows are a string of accidental and intentional deaths. Margery Gunderson (a hilarious and Oscar winning Frances McDormand) is on the case, while she is pregnant, and tries to track down these ruthless killers. The film is very dark, but has some light comedy. It’s a dark sort of comedy, but funny nevertheless. The violence is brutal (wood chippers, anyone?), the comedy light hearted and the originality unmistakable. Frances McDormand is great, with her sing songy accent and her smile. One of the greatest films of all time. I preferred this one to the Coen’s other film No Country for Old Men. Is Fargo a good movie? Yeah, you betcha!

Grade: A