Fargo (1996)

A car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is in a place where he is extremely desperate for money. What does he do? Hire two thug criminals by the names of Carl and Gaear (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife for ransom and then collect the money from his extremely wealthy father-in-law, Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell). Paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest in order to satisfy his debts. Everything seems to be going according to plan until deaths start occurring from this. This is when pregnant police officer, Marge (Frances McDormand) shows up and is trying to figure out exactly what is going on.

After flipping through channels I noticed that this was on and decided to write a review about it. Fargo is the type of movie that has an enormous following from people. It’s essentially a cult classic from the 90’s. Fargo is not only funny, but it is all around a nearly perfect movie. Even though the movie is as gruesome as it is, the Coen brothers keep you laughing throughout the entire film. You would think this movie would be a comedy, but it’s actually a crime-thriller that works both ways. Fargo is the type of movie where as soon as you turn it on, it’s nearly impossible to not get sucked in and be stuck watching it. A good thing about that though is that it not only means it’s a great movie, but the film is also relatively short, so it’s an easy watch.

The Coen brothers have a great way of displaying the Minnesota world for us, and they do it by adding humor that not only works, but excels with how dark this movie actually is. This is without-a-doubt the best work I have personally seen from the Coen’s and it was deserving of every award it has won. The writing, the scenery, and not to mention the acting is just nothing short of pure excellence. Frances McDormand has given the role of her lifetime in Fargo and she was without-a-doubt deserving of the Oscar she won. The character development that the Coen bros. give us as well as the climax just fall into a perfect balance that exceeds any type of expectation one would have. Fargo just somehow gets better every time you watch it. This black comedy is like no other and will probably go down as one of my favorite films of all time.

Joel and Ethan Coen have this mentality with movies where they like to throw everything out there and hope that things start to stick together. Fargo is a movie where this not only worked for them, but worked wonders for them as directors. It seems like from this point forward their careers really started taking off and they’ve made movies that are memorable just like this one. Another thing that makes Fargo so exciting and enjoyable is that it has scenes that are so tense and suspenseful. I promise you are going to laugh throughout the entire film, but you will also be on the edge of your seat while watching this. What the Coen bros. crafted here is a beautiful piece of dialogue with acting and writing that will instantly make you fall in love with it. Now it is understood why we have seen great films from them after the release of Fargo.

Overall, Fargo is the masterpiece that is arguably one of the best films of all time. It’s strange, suspenseful, humorous, and incredibly dark at times, but it all comes together and works incredibly well. With outstanding writing, directing, acting, and dialogue, Fargo is a movie that has to be on the list of movies to see.

Grade: A

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Ted 2 (2015)

Well everybody, Ted and Johnny are back in action. We fast forward a few years from the first movie and now Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and John (Mark Wahlberg) are back with full swing. Ted and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) are now married. Things are really looking great for Ted, but John has a lot of problems of his own now. John has recently divorced his wife and he is really taking this hard. Ted really wants to start a family of his own and John is going to have to try to help him in every way possible. The problem is that Ted is having some serious legal issues. The government is saying that Ted is “property” and not human. Now, Ted’s marriage is annulled and he has to hire a lawyer by the name of Samantha (Amanda Seyfried). Samantha has to try to convince the jury that Ted is a human.

The first Ted is definitely one of my favorite comedies of the past ten years. I think Seth MacFarlane wanted to try something a little different and it definitely worked for him. If you are a fan of the first movie, then Ted 2 is definitely something that you are going to enjoy. In my opinion, the first movie was way better, but I am not saying that this movie was a failure by any means. I actually left this movie and really enjoyed it more than I thought. Let’s face it, it is very hard to make a remake of a comedy and have it be as good as the first one. Look at The Hangover for example. The second and third do not even compare to the greatness the first film brought us. Ted 2 is definitely still a riot that everyone will enjoy.

The acting in this movie was pretty solid overall. I thought Seth MacFarlane was as funny as ever. I am a big Family Guy fan, so I have always been a fan of MacFarlane and his work. Marky Mark was definitely a funny, but goofy character in this one. His performance was identical to the first one and I was happy with that. I thought throwing Amanda Seyfried in there was a good move. I don’t know why, but there has always been something about her that I have liked as an actress. I think she just gave a good performance that fit the part perfectly. I just think that Wahlberg and MacFarlane make a really good matchup.

Ted 2 is definitely not the best comedy that I have ever seen. It definitely had its fair share of problems, but I think if you are a fan of the crude and vulgar humor that it gives you, then you look past all that and see this movie for what it really tried to make you do: laugh your ass of! I can’t sit here and say this movie was great, but I can tell you I laughed a lot during this movie. Some people do not like the disgusting and vulgar humor, but with Ted, it is absolutely hysterical. I can say this movie disappointed me in a way, but it never left me not laughing. This is in no way an outstanding movie, but it is definitely a funny one.

Overall, Ted 2 is in no way a perfect movie by any means, but it is one that will have you laughing almost the whole time. If you are a fan of the first movie, MacFarlane, or any of that vulgar humor, Ted 2 is definitely a movie for you to check out.

Grade= B (Good)