Fargo (1996)

Fargo (1996) movie poster

director Joel Coen
viewed: 03/25/2016

The Coen brothers movie that gave the North Dakotan/Minnesotan patois to popular culture.

As iconic as it has become (the Library of Congress added Fargo to the National Film Registry in 2006, one of six films inducted in the first year of eligibility), I hadn’t seen the film since it was released in the theaters in 1996.  It’s one of those films that you don’t have to have seen it over and over to have its images and lines embedded in your brain.  They get there on the first pass.

Frances McDormand and William H. Macy are perfect.  “Funny-lookin'” Steve Buscemi is tops too.  The comedy and horror of the contrast of the brutality of crime transposed with the implacability and straight-forwardness of the people of the Upper Midwest is poignant.

Possibly the deftest film that the Coens have made.

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