Fargo

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For my final paper I chose Fargo due to the fact that film noir was my favorite genre of films that I was introduced to in this class and it has amazing reviews, but I had never seen it. First off I love how the film opens "the following story is based on real events" disclaimer, it sets the viewer up to think they are about to see a powerful drama, then it catches them off-guard with a black sort of morbid comedy. Even from there, the opening shot shows the car driving down a dark empty road accompanied by some very appropriate music to makes us believe that it’s going to be a high action or suspenseful film, but the real colors of the movie quickly start to show through. This film changes an ordinary, Midwestern town upside down with a triple homicide and makes for a movie that can have the audience questioning their faith in humanity. I think that this film fits into the ordinary film noir genre, but turns it into a comedy/high drama, of Jerry’s despicable greed and his search of his idea of the “American Dream”. Slightly off subject, as far as “typical” noir films go I was surprised at the high saturation of light they used in this film even during very dark times/situations. I feel like this film removes the cliche of a typical police investigator. Marge is not the typical maverick cop we see in most investigative films, but a woman that is happily married to possibly the most painfully boring human being on earth, but a good husband, Norm. Marge’s scenes with Norm have a down home warm feeling that reminds us of the “true American dream” not money, as she reminds Gaear and at the end of the movie saying “There’s more to life than money and it’s a beautiful day”. I also liked how Marge is portrayed as a woman that couldn’t hurt a fly let alone shoot someone, but in the end showed her toughness buried under all of the sweetness and…...

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