Synopsis: Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi
Serious Jest: (Must See) What an introduction to Minnesota! This one’s a classic. Like most Coen Brothers flicks, there is a slow-but-deliberate, suspenseful pace to this movie, with dark comedic undertones, and a heavily incorporated setting through scenery and culture. It often has the feel of a Western, but set in a winter wasteland. The dialogue is extremely witty and engrossing, and the characters are terrifically quirky and interesting. Every one of the excellent actors in this film nail their roles, from Macy (who, according to IMDB, basically resorted to stalking to get his role), to Peter Stormare (whose non-verbal acting was downright impressive), to Larissa Kokernot (Hooker #1)…however, McDormand stole the show with her “Minnesota Nice” demeanor–Chief Gunderson is one pregnant woman you don’t want to mess with! Disregard the text at the beginning of the film claiming that it is based on a true story; according to IMDB, the Coen Brothers admitted that they threw that out there to make viewers more willing to suspend disbelief. My one complaint about the movie is that it seems to disregard police jurisdictional issues. Otherwise, this is a solid film, which you should make time at some point in your life to see.