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Fargo July 3, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

This highly acclaimed film from the Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan) is a quirky mix of a black comedy and a crime thriller. This film is a perfect example of how a brilliant screenplay can elevate an average plot to greatness.

A car dealer Jerry (William H. Macy) gets hold of two wierdos (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife so that he can extract a huge ransom from his rich father-in-law to get out of his financial mess. The kidnapping is executed perfectly (well…not exactly) but what happens thereon is anything but that. A few gruesome murders later we have a cop Marge (Frances McDormand) whose investigations inevitably lead to the other protagonists.

The thing about this flick which hit me the most was the background score by Carter Burwell. There was something about that musical theme which always made me uneasy whenever it was played. I would easily say that this film wouldn’t have worked for me if it weren’t for the music.

At the beginning, it is claimed that the movie is based on a true story but apparently it was only made up using a few real life cases as inspirations. This was nominated for multiple Oscars and won home awards for the best screenplay and best actress (McDormand). All the performances are notably praiseworthy. This is only the second film I’ve seen of the Coen brothers after the equally brilliant Miller’s Crossing. It is hard not to be impressed by their exceptional writing skills.

Especially, if you are a fan of noir you wouldn’t want to miss this one at any cost. For an average viewer the dark setting and the gore might be a turn off but that doesn’t take away anything from this great piece of cinema.


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