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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fargo: the Miniseries

Aw Jeez.

Anybody watch this last night?  If you liked the movie, you'll probably like the ten-part miniseries on FX (Wednesday, 10 p.m.).

As usual, Billy Bob Thornton's appearance, voice and mannerisms are completely different from every other role he's played.  He plays a hit man and overall shit disturber who's taking a temporary detour through Fargo on his way to Duluth to carry out his boss's orders.  The Billy Bob Thornton character reminds me of the mysterious shop owner in Stephen King's Needful Things (Max von Sydow played the role in the movie version).

Other than Billy Bob Thornton and Keith Carradine, I didn't recognize any of the actors in the Fargo miniseries.  I thought maybe the directors were purposely using unknown actors for the series.  Give us your best Scandihoovian accent...OK, good, you're hired.  But it turns out most of the actors are already well-known from movies and TV shows I never saw.

I have just one tiny nitpicking complaint about the accents on last night's show.  I'm pretty familiar with that Minnesota/Scandihoovian accent, and one particular vowel sound was missing.  When people from the upper Midwest say the word clown, it sounds like clone.  Drown sounds like drone.  And so on.  And that one vowel sound wasn't captured in most of last night's dialogue.

Anyway, just one tiny nitpick.  Other than that, they totally nailed the accent and sing-songy speech inflection of that region.

I thought the program was a riot.  I hope it'll be a hit.  But either way, it won't be back for another season (presumably) since it's just a one-time miniseries.

Check it out.

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Anonymous Circle Girl said...

I loved it! I think Billy Bob Thornton is one of the best actors around -- a real chameleon -- and he nailed this role. It was pretty true to the spirit of the original movie, and I wasn't surprised to find that Joel and Ethan Coen were involved. It's totally cool! I think it's going to be 10 episodes, and they'll be able to keep the momentum going.

Check it out next week.

April 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

Aw, Jeez -- this is great. Really got that whole North Dakota thing going on.

April 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Circle Girl: When it comes to acting skill and the ability to transform into an almost infinite number of personalities and physical appearances, Billy Bob Thornton has no equal.

SM: You betcha!

April 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM  

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