Joel and Ethan Coen have one of the most prolific careers in Hollywood that merges genres that at first would seem inconceivable or impossible. By the time Fargo was released they were already in the their niche for quite some time and with this effort they only began to refine their style.
A North Dakota Man desperate for money, hires men to kidnap his wife in exchange for a portion of the ransom. The kidnapping goes according to plan, however the man doesn’t realize the implications it would have on his son. Nor does he truly realize how far the kidnappers will go and who they will kill to get their hands on the payout. As unexpected murders become part of the plan, Sheriff Marge Gunderson is on the trail of the conspirator and his killers. In respect for the victims, it is a story that is told exactly as it occurred.
As the film veers out of control and the violence becomes more of the story, the comedic touches of the screenplay come out as well. As first I didn’t get most of the humor but after repeated exposure I became much more thankful for those moments. Frances McDormand commits to one of the greatest female characters on screen as she provides a warm, comforting center to a film that could mutilate and kill at any given moment. The screenplay is a monster and encourages deeper analysis into the motivations of the villains. In the end the film is iconic and it boasts great comedy and reliable terror in every frame.
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