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Dangerous idiots make a mess in Minnesota,
This review is from: Fargo (Special Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
A harmless prat hires a couple of malefactors to kidnap his wife. He bears her no ill-will - it just seems like a good way to get some money for a business project out of his rich, tight-fisted father-in-law. Nobody is meant to get hurt. The half-dozen or so deaths just seem to happen by bad luck, temporary loss of self-control, stupidity etc. It could all have gone quite smoothly but instead, one thing lead to another and it turned into one of those unfortunate murder-escalators. Something similar happened in that other excellent Coen film: The Man Who Wasn't There.
The Coen brothers' films press all the right buttons for me. I really enjoyed this film and watched it through twice in two days. The music was the first thing that grabbed me, then the bleak winter landscape with nothing but flat white snow in every direction. Perhaps the fact that I watched it at Christmas, mourning the fact that it's not a white Christmas and may never be white again in my life-time, added to my enjoyment of this chilling scene. The actors did a fine job. Steve Buscemi sometimes plays a good character and sometimes a bad but, a bit like Brian Blessed's characters, they all come out very similar (which doesn't detract from them at all because they're all very entertaining). Here he's a bad man and his bad partner is played by Peter Stormare. I've only seen Peter Stormare playing bad characters and again, they're all very similar. He does a very convincing laconic psycho. Frances McDormand, on the other hand, who plays the police chief in this film, always plays very different characters. Here, she's a steady, quietly clever, unpretentious, heavily-pregnant lady who interprets the clues and tracks down the foul felons with minimal fuss. Without the least hint of slapstick, it's grimly funny. A lot of the smiles depend on a sort of affectionate mickey-take of the fastidiously polite folk of Minnesota and their interesting accent. It's where the Coen brothers hail from apparently, so they'd know the vulnerable spots to tickle.
Not everybody shares the Coen sense of humour. It's a bit dark. If you do share it, you should enjoy this film.