Why is Fargo such a classic film

Fargo - Season 1

Series homage to a cult film

"This is a true story. The events depicted in this film are based on a crime that occurred in Minnesota in 1987. Names were changed at the request of the survivors. Out of respect for the dead, the rest of the story was told exactly as it happened "- with these words begins the cult film" Fargo ", with which the directors Joel and Ethan Coen ("The Big Lebowski", "No Country for Old Man") 1996 celebrated great success.

The series of the same name begins with the same words, the plot of which, however, takes place in 2006 and which neither copies nor directly continues the film plot. Rather, it's a loose spin-off, a homage - it's more about to capture the atmosphere of the cinema model and to play with motifs from the origin.

Lorne Malvo (great: Billy Bob Thornton) gets his car off the road during a deer crossing in the snowy wasteland of Minnesota. A man trapped in the trunk used the accident to escape. Malvo remains calm and makes his way to the next town, Bemidji. There he meets the insurance salesman Lester Nygaard in the hospital (perfectly cast: Martin Freeman). Nygaard is a classic loser who has been bullied by everyone since high school. The two men start a conversation. All seemingly harmless, yet somehow unsettling. An unprecedented series of murders follows shortly thereafter. The investigating small-town cops Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) are suddenly faced with more than one puzzle.

Blood, madness and human abysses

Bitter humor, shocking twists and turns, a perfectly balanced balance between drama and madness, a fabulously written script, an elaborate production ... The list of things "Fargo" gets right could go on and on. The self-contained mini-series, consisting of ten episodes, takes the viewer on a true rollercoaster: Often the laughter gets stuck in your throat, and even more often you are amazed.

She has a large part in this monstrously good acting of the entire cast: Billy Bob Thornton ("Monster's Ball") surrounds his character with a mysterious, brutal aura - you don't want to stand in the way of his Lorne Malvo. In addition, the usual brilliant Martin Freeman ("Sherlock", "The Hobbit"), who pulls out all the stops, and the naturally performing Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks shine. The supporting roles are also with about Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul") and Kate Walsh ("Private Practice") very busy.

Why, one wonders, does nobody in Germany manage to produce such a TV highlight? The answer: Our domestic series makers are just too good. "Fargo" transcends borders and dares to approach blood, madness and human abysses unabashedly and uninhibitedly. No wonder the second season has already been commissioned - the upcoming episodes are set to take place in 1979.

A tip for the time in between: Just watch the film "Fargo" (again) - and enjoy the series' many references.


UNICUM series tip

Fargo - Season One

Drama / Crime, USA 2014

10 episodes, a total of approx. 9 hours

Actors include: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Joey King, Keith Carradine

Distributor: Fox Home Entertainment

Release: May 7th, 2015

Order online (Amazon): Fargo