Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 515074


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Bruce Campbell as Soap Opera Actor on TV
Steve Buscemi as Carl Showalter
Peter Stormare as Gaear Grimsrud
Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Knife Fork 8 / 10

Funny and tragic

Maybe this is because Fargo was more revolutionary at its time of release but I don't see it as a masterpiece judging it by today's standards. It's a crime story with no real shocks or twists (although the wood chipper scene comes close). That said, it's an entertaining film with its unique humour and great characters.

It's funny and slapstick enough that you can't take it too seriously, yet not so much so that you don't care about the characters at all. The irony is woven in very well, with what was intended as a way for its protagonist to get more money ending up being a complete disaster. The criminals are bad no doubt, but they're so inept at what they do (even the silent one who at first seems to actually know what he's doing) that I can't feel a deep hatred for them, despite their evil crimes. They're too pitiful for that.

In Fargo, nobody wins. Jerry's plan fails, only leading to the death of his innocent wife and his own arrest. Carl and Gaear's plan to make the money fails as well, with one of them dead and the other in prison. The money is still buried in the snow. The bad guys are caught, but that's no consolation for all the damage that has been done. Marge can only shake her head at the tragedy of it. The funniest part of all this is that the reason the plan failed was because none of the criminals trusted each other to stick to their agreement. And because the law wasn't on the side of any of them, it's not like they could go to the police about a broken agreement!

The final scene, where Marge and Norm reveal they're going to have a child, is perfect. The message is clear. People will tear their families apart and destroy their lives for a bit of cash, ignoring that true happiness was right under their nose all along.

Reviewed by gwnightscream 7 / 10

Good Crime Comedy-Thriller!

Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare star in this 1996 crime comedy-thriller based on true events. This takes place in winter and focuses on in-debt, car salesman, Jerry (Macy) who hires 2 small-time, thugs, Carl (Buscemi) and Gaear (Stormare) to kidnap his wife. Things start to take a turn for the 3 of them while pregnant, police chief, Marge (McDormand) investigates the case. This is a good film with humor and violence featuring a great cast & score. Also, "Yeah" is said numerous times. I recommend this.

Reviewed by benkitching13 8 / 10

Quirky, sporadic and excellent.

Fargo is an intelligently comedic, violent, emotional, and dark composite that's certainly one of the quirkiest pictures I can ever recall seeing.

Prior to writing up this review, I read the comment that Fargo can never decide what genre it seeks to be. Despite my grievances with this comment, I do believe that at times Fargo's various elements could've been integrated more effectively. However, these elements are all accomplished and the overall picture is a commendably smooth venture.

In regard to Fargo's black humour, to some extent at times I struggled to conclude which material was intended to be humorous, and that which was intended to be serious and impactful, as the borderline between the two felt slightly blurred.

Much like the picture itself, Fargo hosts a plethora of quirky and unique personas, made even more credible by the distinguished efforts of Macy and McDormand.

Fargo's intelligence is reflected in it's subtle lines of dialogue, events or shots that mimic or reference similar material featured earlier in the film is consistently used to phenomenal effect.

It should be noted that the ending sequence is a commendable and reflective accomplishment that demonstrates how self aware the Coen's were of their creation.

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