Fargo Review

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Twenty-years ago today Fargo first came out and lives were forever changed after viewing this Coen Brother’s classic. The Coen Brother’s satire about crime life in the middle of nowhere is hilarious and harsh look at failure, life, and the craziness of everyday life. From the get-go we as the audience are treated with perfect Coen Brother’s writing as Jerry Lundeegaard (William H. Macy) and Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) dispute over accidents and misunderstandings as Gaear Grismund (Peter Stormare)  sits and stares at Jerry as if he were about to kill him. Every actor in this film portrays their characters to absolute perfection, Buscemi is amazing as the bad-tempered criminal who just can’t stop talking and happens to be paired with an emotionless being that resides in complete silence amazingly portrayed by Stormare, Frances McDormand is as great as she is in every Coen Bros’ film and last but not least William H. Macy showcases his incredible chops as a character-actor, perfectly depicting every stutter and mannerism attributed to the misfortunate greedy man that is Lundeegaard. But, like in every great Coen Bros’ film there is always an outshining character that though physically invisible to the viewer is extremely palpable in every shot and line of dialogue of said film, the Coen Brother’s themselves. Methodically constructing this story from start to finish the Coen Brother’s excel in their craftsmanship being able to pack the same amounts of thrills, laughs, and gasps into such a perfectly constructed vehicle. The Coen’s bring the best out of their actors and add so many moments of levity via visual comedy to the film that maintains the viewer engaged the whole way through, whether this be the capturing of Jerry’s wife, the oddness of the wood-chipper encounter or Jerry violently scraping the ice off his window. I can’t review Fargo justly if I don’t mention the accents in all their glory, apart from the visual comedy, being able to pair Lundeegaard’s “You’re darn tootin’!” with the aforementioned moments of visual comedy exemplify why people love film as the Coen Brother’s cover every range of emotions in their comedy about crimes occurring in remote locations. Fargo is a fantastic entry from the Coen Bros, a classic 90’s film, and an all-around good-time, leading me to rate it at a 92 out of 100.

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