Fargo is about the investigation of a series of murders that take place after a car salesman hires two criminals to kidnap his wife, but everything doesn't go according to plan. Simple plot right? Wrong!
The Coen brothers (who directed, produced and wrote the film) told it in a rather unique manner, filled with characters that are rather quirky. The script (which won an Academy Award) was top notch as its segue from disturbing violence to hilarious scenes was superb.
The location for Fargo is ice cold, shot mostly in Minnesota; which embodied the underlying tone of the movie - Dark and Violent. It reflects how cold human actions could be especially a twisted character like Gaear Grimsrud (played by Peter Stormare), with brilliant shots of the characters and their violent actions in the snow covered town of Fargo, like the murder of the State Patrol Officer and the couple on the highway.
The script for Fargo is rather unique, the adaptation of the Minnesota nice and North Central American English accents added to the film an authenticity that is only found in indie films and period adaptations. The use of words like Yah and Yah, you betcha brought on an originality that is rarely explored in motion pictures.
Like all Coen - related films, Fargo wasn't without its wackiness, just watch the kidnap scene and you would see it for yourself.
Although the opening text for the film says - "This is a true story", it is false. The Coens later admitted that they added that disclaimer so the viewer would be more willing to suspend disbelief in the story. While the specific crimes in the movie didn't happen, the plot has elements of two well-known Minnesota crimes.
|That's a wood chipper!|
FYI - Yah was said 181 times throughout the film, plus I'm still wondering what happened to that briefcase full of money.