Set against the windswept tundra of Minnesota, a car salesman plans to wipe out his personal debts by hiring a pair of colorful crooks to kidnap his wife and have her wealthy father pay the ransom. The haphazard scheme turns sour during a routine pull-over that leaves three dead bodies in its wake.
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Essential cinema. The Coen Brothers usual mix of dark comedy, bloodshed and the macabre reached an early crescendo with this enthralling pleasure. Oscar winning scripting and near perfect casting along with their standard visual mastery have made this a modern classic. McDormand in her Oscar winning turn is magic as is the rest of the cast with their regional characterizations.
Frances McDormand's on-screen warmth is irresistible, especially when it's juxtaposed with the film's frozen footprints and cold-hearted kidnappers. With Steve Buscemi's slimy character and the shady William H. Macy, we're talking about three of my all-time favorite actors. Beyond the violence and MN/SD cliches, there's a lot of dark humor and familiar Americana for anyone who's spent time in the area.
In my opinion, the first masterpiece of the Coen brothers. The opening sequence is like the MILLER CROSSING one, a little jewel. This hymn to the natural good sense should have a reserved place in your library. Yeah ? Yeah ! As Parmenides of Elea used to say : To think is like staying in the snow without fearing the mild spell".
"Fargo" is so... cool! There's no other word for it. Using the quietness of a small city in Minnesota during winter to tell the story of a seemingly "innocent" plan gone horribly wrong is genius, all the blood dripping on the oppressing snow... and Marge Gunderson is one of the best female cops, ever. If you liked the movie then you must check the FX series: it has all the best ingredients without being a lazy copy.
Providing an unique sense of humour and an intelligent script, this is Coens' most brilliant movie so far, or at least, their deadly coldest. The "this is a true story" opening is just pure genius and Frances McDormand is heavily great.