The Jerry Lundergaard character is a particularly fascinating character because from the second this character appears on the screen and opens his mouth, it's clear that nothing he says is the truth but you can also see where his deceptive nature comes from...it's also clear, more through the Cohens' direction that Jerry is in some deep financial waters that have forced him to this point.
There's humor (which is practically always the fact with the Coens of course), there's an engaging and thrilling story (probably still their best) that also makes some subtle, interesting comments on our society as a whole, the characters are meticulously constructed and especially pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson still stands as one of the best film characters in modern history.
The snowy Midwest setting adds to the atmosphere of the film further, and - as mentioned - the area itself feels like a character.
He travels to Fargo, North Dakota to hire two criminals named Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) & Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stomare) to kidnap Jerry's own wife and demand a ransom from Jerry's wealthy father-in-law Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell).
First, you add the crime element of Jerry Lundegaard hiring Carl and Gaer to kidnap his wife, to get some money he desperately needs, mishaps occur.
The film shows the talent of the Coens and their ability to create something that will b e remembered years from now.
I loved this film, but it did one of my pet peeves in a movie, introduces an unnecessary character, Mike Yanagita, I really didnt see why he was necessary.
You could probably cut about 20 minutes out of this film and it would be one of the best movies of all time.