KiaMahootian's Rating of Fargo

Kia's Review of Fargo

4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes


Fargo is a dark, comedic, and frequently surprising crime drama in Coen Brothers spirit. What seems like a simple kidnapping plot to get a car salesman (William H. Macy) out of debt goes terribly wrong and results in confusion and murder, catching the eye of a jolly, pregnant police chief (Frances McDormand). The salesman, Jerry Lundegaard, is anxious and unscrupulous, and hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom to get her rich father to pay a large sum of money to get her back, so the criminals will get their "fair" share, while Jerry takes the rest for himself. Though placing his trust in the criminals is only one of the many mistakes he makes. Part of the hilarity comes directly from the stupidity of the decisions made to pull of the crime that was a foolish plan to begin. The exchanges between the characters can be both comic and sincere as the script cleverly creates messy situations that test the characters while remaining captivating and realistic. Another skill it bears is the readiness to switch between discussion and violence and the balance thereof with impressive editing to show for it. This brisk but heartily-constructed story is wrapped up efficiently and conclusively, with its best elements on display.