fargo

As we were finishing watching the final episode of the first series, my partner sighed: “Now, that was a good series!”.

I have to agree. Fargo, series 1, is truly excellent; script, character development, acting performances. It’s shows like this that are setting the bar higher and higher for home entertainment.

Feminism/Gender Representations

One of the most important characters in the show is Molly, the capable cop, who works tirelessly trying to solve the case despite her superiors trying to block her. She is supported by her father, an ex-cop who asks her to leave her job due to a string of shootings, but respects her decision to stay.

Another intricately portrayed character is that of Gus Grimly, who is a devoted single father. By the end of the series, we watch him swallowing his fear and doing his best to protect his family, without any macho bravado.

True Story?

The series starts with the same quote as the film, which reads:

THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
[…]
At the request of the survivors,
the names have been changed.
Out of respect for the dead,
the rest has been told exactly
as it occurred.
When I saw the film, I didn’t question the veracity of this statement, but watching the series, one starts to question more and more whether these events really happened in such small towns in Minnesota.
Ethan Coen revealed the truth behind the ‘true story’ in the introduction to Fargo’s published screenplay, the closing sentence of which read: “[the film] aims to be both homey and exotic, and pretends to be true.”
Untrue, but still unbelievably good!

 

Stats (FilmAffinity)
Director
Noah Hawley (Creator), Adam Bernstein, Randall Einhorn, Colin Bucksey, Scott Winant, Matt Shakman
Screenwriter
Noah Hawley
Music
Jeff Russo
Cinematography
Dana Gonzales, Matthew J. Lloyd
Cast
Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman, Joey King, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk, Tom Musgrave, Susan Park, Keith Carradine, Julie Ann Emery, Spencer Drever, Peter Breitmayer, Chad Stanley Martin, Oliver Platt, Russell Harvard, Joshua Close, Gary Valentine, Adam Goldberg, Glenn Howerton, Barry Flatman, Rachel Blanchard, Kate Walsh
Production Co.
FX Productions / MGM Television
Genre
TV Series. Thriller. Drama | Crime. Police. Black comedy
Synopsis / Plot
In 2006, a drifter named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) arrives in Bemidji, Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman).
Awards
2014: 2 Emmy Awards, including Best TV Miniseries. 18 Nominations.
2014: Golden Globes: 5 Nominations including Best Mini-Series Or TV Movie
2014: Satellite Awards: 4 Nominations including Television Series, Drama
2014: Screen Actors Guild (SGA): Nominated Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
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