Fargo: A Great Story of Family

Geez, Even Fargo Has Gone Upscale Since Breaking Up With The Coen Brothers

I love the Coen brothers, but I really think I’d have preferred if Fargo had stayed with them. The fact that it’s only been a year since it started as a serialized novel in the pages of The Atlantic magazine is incredible. Fargo has been nominated for four Emmys for Outstanding Television Film and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture– Musical or Comedy, and a Best Film Editing at the 2009 Saturn Awards. It’s also been nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA, and was recently chosen to make a short list for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (or “Best Animated Film” if you don’t understand this concept). It’s all great, but as we all know, the world is not flat, and we would all just be better off sticking with the movies and television we’re accustomed to.

We still have to keep it in perspective, though. Fargo as a movie is pretty great. It’s a smart, funny, and occasionally sobering look into the realities of life in the fast-paced backwoods of the American Midwest, and it is full of great character moments. While it is not perfect in every way, it is a great example of what film production and storytelling can do when done properly. It is the same film that was nominated for Best Picture and the aforementioned Academy Award, but the filmmakers were able to combine a solid script with some of the best actors out there (John Hawkes, Richard Jenkins, John Carroll Lynch, and Jason Lee) for one of the greatest movies of all time.

Now, I’m not going to spend any time making a case as to why Fargo is one of the greatest TV episodes of all time, because that’s pretty obvious. I’m not going to spend any time talking about how that movie could have easily used some of the same actors, because that’s also pretty obvious. I’m not going to spend any time talking about how great the film version of the film is because it’s done really well and is clearly the superior version, because that’s also pretty obvious. I’m just going to look at the two versions, then talk about what Fargo is really about: It’s a great story of family. Well

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