Year Released: 1996
Main Stars: Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Frances McDormand, William H Macy
Last watched: March 2015
Review Date: April 2015
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: DVD
Cute, bloody, unique, masterpiece of small-big film making. All of the above.
From the strange, fantastical realism of the story to the wonderful characters, there is no better place to see non-Hollywood at it’s finest. The locations looks like the Coens have wandered around a real place and said “hey, that looks good, use that” to create the small town, every-man look. But when you realise that everywhere works so well as part of the story rather than the background, you can appreciate that the choices were precise and perfect. I mean, this is one where you can taste the atmosphere. Every “ya” and “sure” and “ok” is like a shop owner talking right at you. If they’d had 3D in those days, you’d have been eating pancakes right beside Marge and Norm.
So, filmically, great. Storyically, thin but it’s not about the story, it’s about the people. People-ically? Superb. Oscars all round. Yes… I like it.
Extras: Good interviews, no gag reel, interesting but not special.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry? Oh, ya.