What’s amazing about this great little movie is how it never lacks. The movie moves slowly but it feels like it has a rapid fire pace to the point where by the end, you’re surprised that it’s already over.
I don’t really have too much to say about this movie right now because, well, I’ve seen this so many times and have been through it so much, and anything worthwhile I feel like I could say, has been better written elsewhere. If you don’t know why this movie is so amazing, I don’t want to know you. Joel and Ethan Coen constantly impress with a great mix of genres in each of their films.
This somewhat comedic snowbound thriller takes a kind of noir type kidnapping plot and supplants it into the least noirish place in the world. Instead of a dark, gritty city landscape, we are given a place where everybody is amiable and genial to one another with the exception of Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare kidnapper characters. They stand out in their otherwise pure surroundings and then hidden underneath the genial exteriors is William H. Macy’s hapless Jerry Lundegaard character. And standing in the middle trying to make sense of it all is Frances McDormand’s incredibly pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson.
They populate a world where there is good and there is bad and McDormand’s character is only trying to make sense of this world that she is bringing a baby into. Never overstated but in an amazing performance with just a few looks, you know everything you need to know.
There are no wasted details. No fat but just clear, simple storytelling with complex themes rising in and out throughout the course of the movie.
If you have not seen this movie yet, get out there and give it a rent. It’s just one of the many reasons why the Coens are some of the sharpest filmmakers we have working today.