Fargo ★★★★½

I'm glad I never saw Fargo when I was younger, because I appreciate the film far more now that I've spent some time in the Midwest (Mal's family is from Wisconsin). While at times exaggerated, the setting and people feel very authentic.

Fargo is the true story* of one man's quest for cash by arranging a kidnapping and ransom of his own wife. As you might expect, things don't go quite as planned.

I love this film for many of the same reasons I loved Bernie (2011, Jack Black). It has a small, home-town feel that is brought to life by the characters. Everything is extremely believable.

One of my favorite aspects of the film is how lighthearted it manages to stay despite the gruesome events happening—a dark comedy done right. Grisly murders are contrasted with Minnesotans saying, "yah, you betcha". It's a great script with great actors, and also responsible for putting the Coen brothers on the map.

Overall a fantastic watch, and very highly recommended.