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Movie Review: Fargo (1996)

February 19, 2010 8 comments

Woman next to a dead body in a snowy field.Summary:
A car dealer is in deep debt, and his wealthy father-in-law refuses to help him out.  Since his father-in-law’s one caveat regarding money is that he will never leave his daughter or grandson in trouble, the car dealer decides to get some men to kidnap his wife, and they will then split the ransom.  The plan, naturally, goes horribly awry.

Review:
I think this may be one of the more stupid critically acclaimed movies I’ve ever seen.

Let’s start with the plot.  Why is this man in massive debt?  Neither myself nor the person I was watching the movie with could quite figure that out.  It’s key to me as far as relating to the character to know how exactly he got into this debt to start with.  Similarly, why doesn’t the father-in-law consider getting his son-in-law out of debt taking care of the family?  It appears that the car dealer is in trouble, and you would think that the father-in-law would want to keep the man his daughter loves safe if for no other reason than to protect her heart.  Then there’s the fact that this is quite possibly the most predictable plot I’ve ever seen.  One of the kidnappers is crazy? Who’da thunk it?! *rolls eyes*

Moving on to the acting, it was terrible.  I’ve seen more facial expression and body language from stone statues than I saw on William H. Macy, who plays the car dealer.  The only way I can possibly comprehend Frances McDormand winning an Oscar for her performance is if she naturally has a bubbly, interesting personality, because it can’t be that challenging to play a character as boring as the pregnant police chief.  Then there’s the universally horrible midwest accents.  I’m friends with a woman who was born and raised in Michigan, and she does not sound like that.  She has a slight lilt to her o’s and a’s that is actually cute and attractive, not horribly mangled words such as what these actors purport midwesterners sound like.

It wasn’t until I looked up Fargo to find a movie poster that I discovered it’s supposed to be a “dark comedy.”  Oh, I laughed at parts of it alright, but not due to any comedic value.  You just have to laugh at a movie that’s this bad.

I don’t recommend anyone to see this movie, but it’s not excruciatingly painful to watch if you find yourself stuck in a room with it, which is the only thing saving it from a one star rating.

2 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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