Series Name: Fargo
Creator: Noah Hawley
Genre: Anthology, Crime Drama, Black Comedy
Based On: Fargo(1996), by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks
Fargo borrows its name from the critically acclaimed movie by the same name which came a couple of decades back in 1996. Bearing the weight of its namesake, this series is also arbitrarily based in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. It introduces us to an unfortunate encounter of a local salesman, Lester Nygard (Freeman), and a mysterious drifter Lorne Malvo (Thornton) in a Minnesota hospital. Both strangers indulge in a conversation that has no meaning at that particular moment but creates ripples in both their lives which will have unimaginable consequences ahead in their time. Meanwhile, Deputy Molly Solverson (Tolman) and Officer Gus Grimly (Hanks) get involved in solving crimes, typically murder, across the state which they believe are somehow linked to Nygaard and Malvo.
Living up to the classic
Taking an almost two decades old concept of a great movie and giving it new life in a new form of entertainment – sounds crazy, right? But here we are with an excellent show which has its own identity and if we may put it this way, succeeds in probably every aspect that the movie set in its name. The creators of the franchise, Joel and Ethan Coen, invested in good hands of Noah Hawley to make their creation into a legacy. The performance of the actors is amazing, the direction is at par with the best tv-shows around, the cinematography is simple yet so engaging and the best part is the music, which takes the viewers along with the emotions of the scene. No spoilers – but, one of the best pilots for a tv-show.
We can’t describe the best scenes without spoilers. But we sure can do our best to contain them. The first episode packs the best punch. The conversation between Nygaard and Malvo in the hospital is surprising and made us scratch our heads into thinking where everything will lead. Then there is this conversation between Nygaard and his wife which doesn’t go very well after all. The entire episode is made up of scenes that are hard to sort into one favourite, but after watching the entire series there wouldn’t be one but many reasons that you will remember Fargo.
REEL VALUE: 9.2