Night of 3/31. Watched again.
The humor dissipates for me with every new viewing, and it suffers from a slow start that focuses on a pretty pathetic lot of scumbags. That said, Frances McDormand's terrific performance as one of the best cops ever written and the film's moral anchor elevates "Fargo" beyond what I'd expect possible. Not to mention, the bizarre, dismally sparse frozen landscape is a powerful character on its own. I'm not exactly a Coen Bros. man, but this is a great film.
I remember feeling more fondly towards Fargo the first time I saw it. Watching it now, there seems something inexplicably of-the-90s about it, in that, its quirky quintessence seems dated...
Yes, I've watched FARGO again. Again! It remains my favorite Coen film, masterfully shot in an objective, simple camera language. I learn something about filmmaking every go around, especially with Deakins giving the audio commentary (the closest you'll get to the Coens giving away their craft)....NEWS: according to indiewire & deadline, Fargo is going to be a mini-series on FX, produced by the brothers themselves.
Speaking about that 'one of the most...blah blah' stuff, this is one of the most overrated films ever.
The man with no principles is doomed before he begins. Playboy by the john. "Aww shit. It's the tags..." Marge is introduced 33 minutes in. She slips from a midwest to a queens accent on the pay-phone at the Radisson. There's normal folks -don't know they do things right. Then there's deviants who make wrong a way of life, but the worst are those who carelessly cheat. "Yeah, real good now."
Fargo may be my most studied film. As I now round (what must be) my 20th viewing of it, it gets better with every one. And I notice more and more. The pitch-perfect plot, the lyrical & rhythmic dialogue. And those atmospheric devices that can only be described as 'Coen'. I love this tragicomedy. It's simple, yet highly adept at the same time, meaning: it thrills me. It makes me laugh & return time and again.
Easily one of the best scripts ever written. Absolutely compelling, dark, funny, but goddamn brilliant. The performances are all terrific, and the film is paced masterfully. An absolute masterpiece in every sense of the word, and one of the best films of the 90s.
Ugh, cutesy 'wacky' Minnesotans and their hijinks. Whatever. More Coen Brothers bullshit.
One could probably play a serious drinking game watching this movie with every "oh geez" or "yeah" said. Although, I think one would be on the floor within the first 5 minutes of the film. That being said, this is probably one of my favourite movies of all time, some great tension, wonderful directing by The Coens and great acting from most of the cast. Love it.
One of the most well-shot films I've ever seen. The zoomed-out shots are amazing to watch. The film itself is brilliant too. There's a great contrast between the innocent, naive Minnesota town and the grim, violent murders happening there. William H. Macy is perfect at playing a character who's such an unlikable prick throughout this film. I can also see why Frances McDormand won the Oscar. A great watch.