• George White

Weekend Pick: Fargo

It's been 25 years since the Coen Brothers brought their iconic, utterly unique murder mystery to the big screen. How does it hold up half a decade later? Well, it's still one of the best films ever. Oh ya it is.

When car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires a couple of livewire hitmen to kidnap his wife so he can cash in on the ransom, things quickly go awry and bloodshed ensues - with Frances McDormand's police chief Marge Gunderson brought in to sort things out.

What follows is an incredibly engaging story packed with original characters and unpredictable narrative developments. McDormand is, as ever, phenomenal as Marge, helping to create a lead that is in equal parts delightful and determined, underpinning her constant likeability with some real steel and grit.

The script from the Coen Brothers is, as you'd expect, faultless, combining genuine tension with tongue-in-cheek humour and a tonne of iconic moments.

If you, somehow, still haven't seen this film, you need to as soon as possible - and preferably on the biggest screen you can find. You won't regret it.