Fargo is a dark comedy/murder story by the Coen Brothers which was released in the US March of 1996. The film won two Oscars, one for Best Screenplay and one for Best Actress. It was the first film that I saw by the Coen Brothers and it blew me away. The soundtrack and location shots were excellent and really drew the audience into the story.
When a couple drive by and witness the murder of a highway patrolman by two men (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare), they are also run down and murdered. This is the beginning of a wild and weird adventure. Marge Gundersen(Frances McDormand) is a very pregnant highway patrolwoman who is assigned to solve the murders. Ms. McDormand plays this character as a woman who does her job in a very low key manner. In fact, her relationship with her husband and her manner of working on the case is like the eye of a hurricane, very calm while chaos surrounds her. William H. Macy plays Jerry Gundergaard an Oldsmobile dealer who is in debt and hires Buscemi and Stormare to kidnap his wife so he can get his father-in-law, who owns the dealership Jerry works at, to provide the ransom money so he can get out of debt. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned which provides the suspense for the film.
Mr. Macy fought hard for the part of Jerry Gundergaard and he plays the part of a frustrated petty crook to perfection. The actor who plays Marge’s husband Norm, a man who is trying to get his painting of a duck on a three cent stamp, mirrors his wife’s emotions perfectly. I cannot say enough good things about this film and I highly suggest you watch it if you haven’t already. I give it 5 stars outs of 5.