This is quite simply one of the most repugnant films I’ve ever seen. On a technical level there’s perhaps some merit, but apart from that it’s just distasteful rubbish. It is solid proof that the Academy Awards mean fuck all, because if this film deserves the award for Best Screenplay then we should give fucking Danny Dyer the award for Leading Actor. Forget the eleven Oscars and the Box Office figures, this is badly written, self important horseshit that ignores compelling true stories, and essentially exploits the deaths of hundreds of people to give James Cameron an extortionate pay cheque.
This will always be Tim Burton’s masterpiece. A quirky true story that allowed Burton to apply his talents properly, making an interesting film that I thoroughly enjoyed. I actually admire Ed Wood because it has the difficult task of being a film about making films, but Burton masters this niche genre. This’ll be one of the only times I’ll say this but what elevates the film is the central performance by Johnny Depp. He captures the hyperactive behaviour of a creative thinker, and the desperation of a man following his dreams, which holds the film together at its core.
It’s difficult to talk positively about Fargo because so much has been said of it already, it’s actually difficult to find something new to say. It is genuinely a fantastic film, from two of the most talented minds working in cinema. The Coen Brothers have their ups and downs in their back catalogue, but this is undoubtedly one of their best. The screenplay alone is perfect, but when you add the superb performances from the cast, the cinematography that really puts you in the shit with the characters, and the Coen’s creative spark, it makes for a truly unique experience.