Fargo vs. Fargo

On this wonderful snowy day I got to do something I rarely get to do: be in bed all day. It’s 1:19pm and with the exception of going down stairs to make lunch, I have been curled up in my blankets.

I am ashamed to say I am not hip enough to have watched Fargo (the movie) before Fargo (the TV show). I am happy to report that as of two hours ago, I have seen both. We had finished the TV show about a week ago and I saw this snowy day a perfect excuse for committing time during the day to watch. I have not watched a movie in a long time. This is because of my bad attention span and opting for TV shows over movies, because of the bad attention span and time commitment. It’s a vicious cycle. Anyways, I am glad I committed the time and attention.

As I am sure most of you know, Fargo (the movie) is a Coen Brothers film and it certainly felt like it. I have seen No Country For Old Men and there was a strong resemblance of themes, character development, and cinematography. There is nothing I love more than beautiful cinematography. My favorite shots are when the camera is perfectly still and everything in the scene is still except for one moving thing (my photography side coming out on that one)

It was neat to see the references that the TV show made to the movie. For example, when the money gets buried in the snow with a red snow scraper; that incident happens in the movie and show but serves different purposes in each. I also enjoyed seeing William H. Macy’s character and how similar and different from Martin Freeman’s character he was.

Ever since Breaking Bad, there’s a new trend of TV show. The trend I am referring to is breaking free from the monotony of life by impulsively doing something and then just taking it to the extreme. Shows that fit this: Breaking Bad, True Detective (sort of), Fargo. All the characters in these shows are intelligent and it’s that intelligence that keeps them alive and allows them to dig even deeper into whatever they are doing. True Detective doesn’t’ follow this character development verbatim but the character development revolves around the same themes of grittiness, intelligence, and sociopathic tendencies.

The other new theme that True Detective and Fargo have is having the story conclude within one season. Talking about attention span – now we don’t even need to watch multiple seasons, it gets wrapped up in one

Takeaway: these shows are stories of the rash actions we are all susceptible to do if we let ourselves be.

(I think Martin Freeman is a perfect modern-day William H. Macy) (I think Martin Freeman is a perfect modern-day William H. Macy)