Personally I like this movie. The story goes like this: a timid and apparently over-stressed middle-class husband desperately needs a large sum of money to finance his brilliant investment project. He decides to get the funding in a most absurd way: hire someone to kidnap his homely wife and get the money when his rich father-in-law pays the "ransom". Just like in a real life, things don't go exactly the way you want, and an avalanche of disasters are bound to happen.
The movie is modest paced, not too fast, not too slow, just the way it should be. It is also wonderfully directed with certain black humor elements here and there. The overall character acting is amazing. Everything just feels right. William H. Macy (Main Character) and Frances McDormand's (the pregnant sheriff) performances are especially worthnoting. (Frances McDormand laterly on won the Oscar that year.) The movie honestly shows you how things get out of hand fast whenever you cross the line.
I have to warn you though; Fargo may not be the movie for everyone. It has certain graphically disturbing scenes that some may not appreciate. These scenes are not at the level of Reservoir Dogs yet, but it's getting close. Well, you get the idea.
What I like the most about this movie is its punch line: "There is more to life than just a little bit of money." This is so true. This movie did a superb job to get this message across. Definitely there are times during the movie I sighed "come on, you don't have to do that for just $80,000." It is sad that sometimes people are overly preoccupied with the idea of wealth creation that they end up sacrificing too much for too little.
Fargo is an entertaining thriller that will definitely keep you interested for the duration of the movie. I highely recommened it, especially if you are a fan of Quentin Tarantino. BTW, regardless what it says in the beginning of the movie, Fargo is, in fact, not based on a true story.