Review By Smee
Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Blu-ray release date: April 1
Studio: MGM/Fox Home Entertainment
There are sometimes movies that create characters that are so believable that they stick with you and come to mind at the oddest times. For me, that is a little gem created by Joel and Ethan Coen called “Fargo”. The movie follows a group of people from Fargo, North Dakota, including a very pregnant sheriff named Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) and local used car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy). Jerry is in need of money and decides the best course of action is to hire men to kidnap his wife and hold her for a ransom, of which he’ll get half of a new car and $80,000. What he actually has in mind is to tell his father-in-law that the ransom is higher and keep the extra cash for himself. As always, the deal doesn’t go quite as planned. The kidnappers are stopped by a state trooper while in the midst of taking Jerry’s wife to their hideout, and when the trooper refuses a bribe, he’s killed. The kidnappers are seen by passing motorists, and they chase them down and kill them as well. The next morning, Sheriff Gunderson is called in to the crime scene, and begins the investigation into not only the homicide, but the kidnapping as well. It doesn’t sound funny on paper, but the character portrayals, as well as the dry humor inserted into the dialogue, makes it well worth the accolades it received. It’s loaded with great actors, and has one of the most memorable scenes involving a wood chipper I’ve ever seen. The Blu-ray release has been a long time coming, and I’m glad it’ll be going into my collection.
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