DVD review from The Movie Snob:

Fargo (B). Yes, I have only just now gotten around to seeing this modern film noir by the Coen brothers. It is a pretty dark tale about a sad sack’s desperate attempt to stave off bankruptcy by staging the kidnapping of his wife and having her wealthy father foot the ransom. Little goes according to plan, which is not surprising when Steve Buscemi (The Big Lebowski) shows up as one of the two kidnappers. Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom) won an Oscar, I believe, for her portrayal of the very pregnant small-town police chief who is a lot more on the ball than her frequent use of “jeez” and “you betcha” might indicate. She’s good, no question, but to me William H. Macy (The Cooler) steals the show as the poor schlub who concocts the scheme. Whether he’s quailing before his blustering father-in-law (and boss) or transparently lying to his customers at the car dealership where he works, Macy is picture-perfect as the pathetic loser whose plans spiral horribly out of control. Worth a viewing.

8 comments on “Fargo

  1. […] Norton, The Painted Veil), Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray, Ghostbusters; Frances McDormand, Fargo), the island’s policeman (Bruce Willis, Surrogates)–and quirky adventures ensue.  The […]

  2. […] that I didn’t know were in it, including Sigourney Weaver (Heartbreakers), Steve Buscemi (Fargo), Ice Cube (Three Kings), Robin Wright (The Princess Bride), and Anne Heche (Cedar Rapids), among […]

  3. […] memoirs ends up in the hands of two dim-bulb gym employees (Brad Pitt, Babel; Frances McDormand, Fargo), who try to blackmail him for money and then try to sell their “secret information” to […]

  4. […] at a food-processing plant. It’s cold there. Everybody talks like the policewoman from Fargo, except for the strapping and available union rep (Harry Connick, Jr., Copycat). Does Renee’s […]

  5. […] and Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s–heavy on the Golightly. McDormand (Fargo) is given little to do except stand around and look befuddled. The accents were so thick I missed […]

  6. […] and Hollywood scandals of that era.  They went over my head, but I think I did catch an homage to Fargo.)  Josh Brolin (Sicario) stars as Eddie Mannix, a honcho for Capital Studios who is pulled in a […]

  7. […] McDonagh, who also wrote and directed Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges.  Frances McDormand (Fargo) stars as Mildred Hayes, a small-town divorcee who is consumed with grief over the unsolved rape […]

  8. […] themselves as the “MOD Squad,” for “merchants of death.” William H. Macy (Fargo) is dead-on as a humorless Vermont senator who abhors smoking and wants to put a hideous […]

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