Hey there and welcome to another edition of my continuing series of reviewing movies available to stream (for now) on Netflix. This week I had the pleasure of watching 1996's Fargo, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi. I have heard a lot about this movie over the years and it is a modern classic to be sure, being inducted into the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress the first year it was eligible. I think this was mostly for the fact that it is sort of pure Americana, and essentially American. The premise that is the hook of this movie is how a grisly murder takes place in a small town out in Minnesota/South Dakota. The folksy characters and context of these small town American environment is what gives the movie its unique flavor. If you were to take that away, it would be a pretty dull, average movie.
Each of the characters in this movie are great in their own way. Macy is a schmuck ne'er'do'well who is in over his head trying to make ends meet, and Buscemi as the criminal Macy hires to try to get some quick cash, but in turn accidentally murders a police officer and two witnesses to the aforementioned killing. McDormand is great as her classic detective investigating the slayings, and seems to be the only decent main character in the whole film.
This film is a dark comedic crime film, a unique blend to be sure, especially due to its setting. I enjoyed it now even almost twenty years after its original release, it's just that good. I can't pinpoint a favorite part about it but just the original, quirky, unique flair to it had me hooked. I definitely recommend it as a great film, and an American cinema classic.
Check out Fargo, streaming now on Netflix and let me know what you think!
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