Fargo (1996)

Another brilliant triumph from the Coens.

There’s so much one can unpack regarding the film, but at its heart it’s just an extremely well-made, well-told story. The characters are so memorable, so strong, so well-performed. The story is iconic. The film is just bursting with brilliance, from the humanistic warmth of Marge and Norm, to the initially somewhat relatable but eventually sickening sliminess of Jerry, the hilarity of Buscemi and Stormare’s characters, the almost comic escalation the film hinges on (Jerry’s situation, the criminals when pulled over by a cop, etc.), the cinematography (Deakins has some great fun with the snow), the excellent score…everything is just firing on all cylinders here.

I give it four wood chippers, and a mallard.

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