The Coen Brothers direct Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand and William H Macy in this “true” crime thriller set in the Minnesotan winter.
This has never been my favourite Coen Brothers’, for all its hidden warmth I find it a little off pace and distant. Like a deadpan joke where the punchlines are a corpse in a wood chipper and a crying schmo on a motel bed. It has grown on me over the years, and seeing it on the big screen for the first time really opened up the mythic elements of it. Carter Burwell’s score, pregnant with ominous warning, does as much of the heavy lifting as Frances McDormand sweet but sharp central turn.
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