Movie Stats & Links
||Frances McDormand, William Macy, Steve
Buscemi, Harve Presnell
||Wait till they go to bed.
||One scene, almost.
||Lots of people getting shot and a leg in the
wood chipping machine.
||Not really - more of a thriller.
||No comedy here.
||The whole movie.
||Hooker being questioned: "He
wasn't circumcised." Police Chief :"Was he funny
lookin' apart from that?"
I generally don't like drama type movies, and was kind
of hesitant to watch "FARGO," but critics raved about it,
and I had to see if they were right. They were.
A Video/DVD Review
The general premise of "FARGO" is it's a story of a
kidnapping plot gone wrong. The husband dude, Jerry Lundegaard
(William Macy) hires two thugs to kidnap his wife. See, he's in debt
and needs some money so he figures he can hire these guys to grab
his wife, get the "ransom" money from her father, get his
wife back, pay off the thugs, and pay off his debts. Unfortunately
the two thugs kill some people on the way back to their cabin and
the cops get involved. That's the simple story.
What I guess struck me about this movie was how it portrayed the
simpletons of Minnesota, thugs who develop an attitude, and how even
the most well thought out plans can go wrong. The cop involved is
Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) who can go down as
one of the greatest detectives in the last century. It's weird, she
seems totally unfazed that these murders happened. I guess she was
more concerned about her pregnancy. Somehow she starts to put the
pieces together. She gets some phone records, tracks some calls to
where Jerry works, and ties together the missing wife with the
murders. Then there is poor Jerry who seemed to have a perfect plan,
all until his father-in-law decides he should be the one to hand
over the ransom money when the thugs get more greedy.
There is nothing monumental about the acting, and I guess that's
what made it so good. Everyone had to play people who worked around
the problems they were having and not let it interfere with them
getting through the day. From the Police Chief's husband getting his
artwork on a three cent stamp, to the witnesses being questioned in
the bar giving descriptions of the thugs as "funny lookin'"
and "the Marlboro Man," you would never think anyone there
could figure out these crimes.
It's one of those movies where you sit there and you can't stop
watching because you're wondering how these seemingly stupid people
can get into such entangled predicaments, and what's more, how
they're going to get out of them.
If you're looking for an action movie this ain't it. If you're
looking for a movie with a lot of sex, this ain't it. But if you're
looking for a movie to keep you so riveted to your chair that rather
than just put the VCR on pause and go to the bathroom you wait until
the movie is done, rent "FARGO." I loved the acting, the
portrayal of the Minnesota people, complete with "yah, hey der"
accents, and the twisting story. For that I give "FARGO" 4
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!