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Fargo - Season 1 [DVD] [2014]
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 September 2014
Welcome to the Coen brothers universe of cold, snowy, big sky Minnesota where there be dragons and the humour is dark.

In the small town of Bemidji, a couple of unfortunate events result in two strangers striking up a conversation in a hospital waiting room. Lester Nygaard, a browbeaten wimp of a man trapped in an unhappy marriage and Lorne Malvo, a softly spoken killing machine. Malvo, played brilliantly by scene stealing Billy Bob Thornton, is evil incarnate with his dead eyes, shark smile and manipulative Jedi ways. Lester, played by Martin Freeman with a large slice of Jack Lemmon, is an unlikeable insurance salesman mocked by his wife and barely tolerated by his successful younger brother. Malvo acts as a catalyst to Lester's suppressed anger and by the end of the first episode Lester has chosen to join the dark side.

Initially it appears that Malvo and Lester have both separately escaped justice, especially with the chief of police's unwillingness to conduct anything approaching a competent rigorous investigation. However, Allison Tolman's down to earth pragmatic Deputy Molly Solverson has unresolved questions and with Lieutenant Columbo-like nagging persistence slowly begins her search for the truth. The arrival of two henchmen (Gerry Adams and Glen Campbell lookalikes) also seeking answers signpost mob connections. The body count grows with each episode as this brilliant, intelligent and audacious series reaches its conclusion.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2014
If you missed this series when it aired on TV, take my advice and buy it now. The tone and pacing of the film is simply glorious and unlike anything I've seen before, aside, of course, from the Coen brothers many films.

The performances are all marvellous - there isn't a duff one in there - but the standout for me is Martin Freeman. I'm neither a fan of Sherlock or the Hobbit films, so he is best known to me as mild-mannered Tim from The Office, and If like me, this is all you know him from, put your preconceptions behind and prepare to be blown away.

This series is as close to perfection as I think any television drama can get. Utterly addictive and impossible to tear yourself away from. Simply put, Fargo is the greatest television series I've seen in the last decade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2015
Nice to be able to give a positive review after recently reviewing a series of 'over-hyped' dire movies - Birdman springs to mind.
I loved Fargo the film and think this TV series is at least as good, maybe better than the film, as it slows the pace down and you get to understand the characters more.
Billy Bob Thornton is mesmerising as the 'hit man' and Allison Tolman as the plodding,underrated police officer grows into the part. Also a nice performance from Bob Odenkirk as the bumbling Chief of Police - totally different from his role in Breaking Bad as the crooked lawyer Saul Goodman.
Best of all is the character played by Martin Freeman as the hapless Lester Nygaard who stumbles from one crisis to another. The whole series is laced with plenty of action, twists and turns and a good dollop of 'black humour.
The film claims to be factual - I wonder if this is true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In Fargo, a small Midwestern American town, nice guy Lester Nygaard has met a hitman called Malvo. A conversation with him leads to Lester killing his wife with Malvo helping him cover it up and going on a kill spree while 2 detectives look into the case. This shouldn't have worked. The classic 90's Coen Brothers film reworked as a TV crime drama. While this could have been a straight remake with the same characters, this instead goes into a completely different direction with a new case and new characters and once again cheekily claiming to be a true story. It really isn't. Like the movie this is poking fun a bit at true story crime dramas but is still excellent, gripping stuff. Martin Freeman with a good American accent is excellent as Lester, a million miles away from his usual nice guy roles in Sherlock, The Office and The Hobbit with Colin son of Tom Hanks good as one of the suspicious but can't prove anything detectives and Billy Bob Thornton steals the show giving one of his best performances as Malvo. You don't have to have seen the classic film Fargo to enjoy this but if you haven't that's also worth seeking out and like that movie, this is a classic dark thriller. Like True Detective, this seems to be an American anthology crime drama with each season focusing on a different case and cast and can be seen as a companion piece if you like to True Detective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2015
I was really surprised how awesome this show is. I love the film and thought the show captured the feel of the film perfectly while telling a new story. Excellent performances, cinematography and music. Just really well made and the blu ray looks amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2014
I loved the original film and have been recommended by many friends to watch the FX TV series
I found this series loses none of its charm and quirkiness and tells the same story but from a different angle.
The acting is fantastic and all the characters are endearing and very watchable.
Great packaging for the Blueray with lots of extras.
It is just one awesome series which I have not been disappointed by.
Throughly recommended and I cannot wait for the next series being made now.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
After getting the 'Breaking Bad' box set for Christmas - and being blown away by the quality of that - I have been finding it extrememly difficult to watch much of the drivel on television at the moment
Then - along came 'Fargo' - just when I needed it most !!!
Loved every minute of this . Fantastic cast (including BB's 'Saul' Bob Odenkirk) - quirky script full of dark humour - I waited with bated breath for each new episode and was never disappointed . Fabulous ending too
Seems odd to review a DVD which hasnt been released yet - but the series is great and I will be getting it when it is available
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
True to the spirit of the Coen brothers' acclaimed film, this television series is a joy. Throughout viewers never know what to expect, at one point even the Almighty seeming to intervene. In freezing Minnesota, timid insurance man Lester's life changes for ever when a bully pushes his luck. Although in the area to kill someone else, hit man Lorne Malvo does not mind doing Lester a favour....

Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton excel as the two. Allison Tolman is great as the Deputy, far more on the ball than her lazy boss. Colin Hanks appeals as nervous cop Gus, he much rather be delivering mail.

Steadily the body count mounts. Who (if any) will survive?

10 quirky episodes are full of surprises, they wittily and mischievously contrived. Bonuses include commentaries and interesting features. (Apparently filming was often too cold for comfort - pity that actor clad only in underpants!)

Audacious, menacing and often very funny indeed. In short, a treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2014
Definitely one of the greatest TV Shows I've ever had the joy of watching. Every episode was masterfully done, brilliantly crafted and thrilling to the very end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a great programme, which racks up the tension.

Billy Bob Thornton is perfectly cast. He is very good at portraying someone supremely confident and twisted. There are a number of lines where he persuades people to do what should be impossible by being quietly menacing.

The pace is good, as are the cliff hangers.

Well worth watching.
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