Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rent this: Fargo

Fargo 1996

Why ? It's a classic that never gets old. When ? 1996
Who ? Ethan Coen- Director, Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, John Carroll Lynch, Harve Presnell, Kristin Rudrud.

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, and winning two; for Best actress ( Frances McDormand ) and Original Screenplay ( Ethan and Joel Coen )
I first became aware of the Coen brother's with a little seen and very independent film Blood Simple. From there I kept close to these brother's film work. Then Blood Simple was followed by the ever popular Raising Arizona and after that, Miller's Crossing. What I happen to consider a masterpiece in that genre.
It truly is hard to believe that Fargo is already 14 years old. Maybe that's why it's still translates, because it hasn't aged with time. It's a film that could be released in 2010.
Fargo is a true ensemble in every sense of the word, even though it was McDormand who is considered the lead.
Every aspect of the film is in top notch form as impressive filmmaking is concerned.
Excellent cinematography by Roger Deakins, especially on the long single shots. Other impressive attributes are the steady cutting in the edited room. Each scene just flows into the the next with relative ease.
But the best 3 things that really makes Fargo a great movie is the storytelling, camera work and acting. There is not a bad portrayal in the film. Even real small support or cameo roles are solid, especially the two hookers. " Yaaah ".
Even though it's McDormand's lead, all of the characters are interesting. From ultra nervous and bumbling Jerry Lundegaard ( Macy ) to the bullshit artist ( Buscemi ) and maybe the one that steals the show, Peter Stormare as sociopath Gaear Grimsrud, is so effective as a no feeling, no fear killer, you are riveted every time his character is on screen.
This is one film that even though you may be a biased Coen's fan, it's just an excellent movie no matter who had did it and it's always a great watch.

1 comment:

ladydrez71 said...

Great movie. Never get sick of it. I could watch it a couple times a year.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !