Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #331 Fargo

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Movie #331 Fargo

(1996, US, d. Joel Coen)

Fargo is truly a one of a kind movie. I’ve met a lot of people who didn’t like the film and to be honest, my first reaction was to tell them to stop watching movies, because if you can’t see the brilliance of this film, you’re screwed for life. Though I don’t mean that literally, Fargo is one of those films that is just so good and so subtle at being so good, it can come off as trite, unimportant, or worse…just a decent film. It is the sort of film that blends black comedy and drama so well, you truly don’t know whether you want to laugh out loud or be scared for your life. What ends up coming out of your mouth is sort of a half-wimper. A “I’m not really taking this seriously, am I?” sort of noise. It’s hard to describe. Joel and Ethan Coen’s script is, in my opinion, their first masterpiece. Layered with commentaries on everything from small town accents to ultra violence, it is a film that is so well written, it makes everything from the smallest character to a background art decoration feel important. It is a film that is so unexpected in its twists and turns, it will have you reeling by the end of it. Though at times extremely violent, Fargo is the work of extremely original artists, and to be quite frank, as Roger Ebert said it, it’s “why I love movies”.


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