Kristin Rudrud also stands out playing Jean Lundegaard, Jerry's haplessly kidnapped wife. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson. In another scene, when she's pressing one of the criminals during an interview, he excuses himself for a moment and she spots him taking off in his car. Wintery weather plays an important part in the movie. He's not the meter reader, is he? When the Japanese guy tries to sit next to her she tells him firmly that she'd prefer it if he sat across the table so that she can see him more easily. The camera work is usually quite basic but whoever directed the photography had the enjoyable habit of giving us interestingly artistic segways between scenes.
The script is likewise splendidly done. If you haven't seen this movie, do yourself a favour and see it. It's one of those films that you just have to see. The third element of the film that makes it superior is the direction. Then Macy's tiny figure trudges into the bottom of the shot and we realize we're looking at a snow-filled parking lot with only one ordinary-sized car in the center of it. His number two is Mike Milligan. Macy gives a true one-two punch playing a frenetically-charged, fearful and, in the end, inept used car salesman trying in the most remarkable manner to make money.
Only three take place on screen. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch Floyd Gerhardt. Joe Bulo, the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate. Why is it in there at all? Two freezing people are conversing on the street while one shovels snow. She is polite, a little distant without being unfriendly, completely practical, and absolutely iron bound in her values.
We see Macy's deflated face as his disappointment sets in. The shots are smart and intriguing, yet still simple and not too overdone. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. The music is also outstanding. But Fargo illustrates the Coen Brothers' takes on plot, art and drama more succinctly and emotionally than any of those others. The victim sits there staring at the intruder as he fiddles at the door, half horrified and half curious.
He's wearing a black ski mask and carrying a crowbar. Macy gives an Oscar-nominated performance as a car salesman who hires two thugs one a know-it-all-know-nothing and the other a demented psychopath to kidnap his wife so that he can keep half the ransom from her well-off father. It is very well put together and the plot is constantly evolving into a deeper shade of creepiness. If you can appreciate an intelligent look at not-always-so-intelligent life on this planet, you'll enjoy the little more than the hour and a half this movie has to show you. Many people seem to like Fargo for its humorous qualities, its characterization of the Minnesotan culture and Frances McDormand- not me.
Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling - but the joke is usually on you. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson. The performances, for instance, everyone speaks with what passes for an upper Midwestern accent, a very pronounced accent, let's say. Coming from someone who hasn't watched the 1996 film by the Coen brothers, I really didn't know what to expect. I was going to give it a 9, but I couldn't think of a reason to take any points from perfect.
The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes Karl Weathers, the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. I really hope there are more to come like this. Written by From the very start, from the opening shot of the cold dark icy road and the background music starting to play, I knew this would be something different, something awesome. I have seen this film over, well, an embarrassing number of times and have committed its screenplay, from start to finish, by memory. The casting couldn't be better, with Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, and Bill Macy outstanding. The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes Karl Weathers, the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. After MacDormand learns that the Japanese guy has told her a gaggle of lies, she wakes up to the fact that, yes, people can tell untruths -- and she returns to interview Macy a second time.
Needless to say nothing goes right and Brainerd sheriff Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role comes in to save the day. The cinematography is also one of the good things about this pilot. It's a perfect day, and here you are. Martin Freeman was excellent and to my surprise did the accent fairly well. Rye Gerhardt, the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he's just a small dog who barks big. Through the glass door of her apartment she sees a man approach.
However, that didn't happen at all. An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can't wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling - but the joke is usually on you. . The acting, the script, and the direction lift the movie light years above most of the movies of its decade. So when characters are doing wicked things on screen, it's rather like watching people dressed in clown suits do nasty things. I've always thought Fargo would make a great Shakesperean play; you could alter the modern elements and still have created a buzz 400 years ago in suburban England.