|Joel and Ethan Coen|
The film works on so many levels and it was so amazing how a number of film-goers found the film, well – bare, bleak and dull. There are no special effects in the film which immediately turns-off 25% of audiences out there today and yesteryear. Secondly, the dialect used in the film was another character all-together but some audiences found it not only annoying, but distracting from the film. Audiences also felt that the film plodded along with a number of scenes which failed to drive the plot (examples might include the scene at the Radisson Hotel where Marge has a cocktail with an old college friend).
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JER: JC, you definitely gave this film a high-grade! Especially with how chintzy you can be with the higher numbers on your board. Now, let it be understood that I loved this film and I love the Coen Brothers and all that their repertoire has to offer… however, I don’t know if I could give
As well written as the “story” line is, I don’t know if I could say the same for the actual “screen” play itself. Sure, the dialog is quirky and well presented while offering an informative view point and allowing it to take on a character life all its own…but, one thing that truly stands out is the language coming through. I am not a prude, by any means! I love a good R- rated filled with sex, foul words and violence! But, somehow, there is a distinct counter-balance between Buscemi’s ‘f’ bombs and McDormand’s kind and polite manner of investigation. That may be intentional, as to show the audience what happens when two worlds collide! Buscemi is great…but he plays the same character in RESEVOIR DOGS, ARMAGEDDON and even DESPERADO! McDormand plays an entirely different and iconic character that we just haven’t seen before and there after since. One great ‘gag’ that the Coen brothers pulled in the making of this film, is the opening message about how this film is based on an actual true story. The event itself did actually occur, but all of the characters were a fabricated collective creation by Joel and Ethan Coen as well as working with each actor as to the portrayal of their individual character. So, in summary…excellent storyline and great screenplay!
|Coen's pal: director Sam Raimi|
But, it is
As I revisited
A great recommendation with lots of Coen competition to choose from!
JOHNNY CHAZZ: It was anticipated that your "grading" of this film would be a tad lower and I can definitely see your justification in that. Also, yes - I am a bit "chintzy" with my grading of movies especially on the high-end of the scale, but those films fitting in my top 100 are usually in the 8.5-9.5 range with a couple of 10's at the top.
I cannot agree however that “Raising
Now as for the Lynch / “Twin Peaks” analogy - I completely agree - and I mean 100% with the mood, the "odd" and off-center characters, the sets, the language and the tonalities of the film combined with the score (albeit Badalamenti scores always get the nod) and the small-town feel. Great insight there, Jer - didn't really make that connection as I always look at TV and film differently (Not counting "
That being said, “Fargo” remains a top-100 film for me and albeit not exactly a film-lover's secret, for those who have not seen it or simply did not care for it the first time-round....it is definitely worth a re-visit. This is a dark, witty suspense thriller that was so well casted and carried out on all levels. It is the type of film that I just love to re-watch at least a couple times a year always having a profound impact. I am just glad that even though we may not agree on the "rating" for this film, which we can both recommend it to our Cinema: Counterpoint audience with confidence.