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    If you've seen the excellent Coen bros 1996 movie put it to one side because there are very few similarities with this equally excellent TV version apart from the setting (Minnesota in the bleak midwinter, brrrrrrrr) and the accent! One or two characters are kinda similar - it is based on a true story after all - but the plot so far is very different although the overall atmos is the same. Billy Bob Thornton plays a charismatic, menacing psychopath very convincingly. Worth watching ep 2 I'd say.

    Edit: Apparently the "true story" is a bit misleading. Both versions are based on a series of true events which the writers have stitched together to make a whole. That makes more sense as the "cascade effect" of one thing leading to another can seem too far fetched sometimes although it makes for gripping viewing.

    The Coen brothers grew up in Minnesota which they describe as "like Siberia only with more family restaurants" LOL
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    I meant to watch but somehow forgot.

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    I saw this advertised when I was last at the cinema - it looked fantastic and I need to pencil in a time to watch it!
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    ooh now i'm curious, will have to watch.
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    I watched the first episode and I really liked it. They did a great job with the casting too. Martin Freeman's Minnesota accent is perfect.

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    Loved the first episode. Billy Bob and Martin Freeman were most excellent.
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    Just saw ep2 and it's all going very well. Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman, Breaking Bad) has entered as the new police chief. The 2 bungling hitmen like in the movie have also appeared. I'm trying not to compare with the movie because it's not supposed to be the same but it's sufficiently similar to make it hard not to. Billy Bob Thornton is extraordinary.
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    I'll have to watch. The Snowflake already has both episodes recorded...
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    i've seen both episodes so far and it is really good.
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

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    We watched. So far so good and I'm looking forward to the next episode.
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    it makes me want to go back and re-watch the movie.
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

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    It's just great. Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton could be in every scene and I'd love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fgg View Post
    it makes me want to go back and re-watch the movie.
    i watched the movie last night. interesting to see how they are changing things up in the storyline.
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

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    Ep3 and a few threads of the storyline are beginning to come together. Lorne Malvo - a GREAT name for a villain BTW - really is a mesmerisingly evil bastard.
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    Just seen ep6 and it's getting a bit surreal. Spoiler alert but I think Lorne Malvo is actually a pastor. He gave the cops a different name - Petersen? - and when they googled him a church website with his pic popped up. Or he set up a fake website to back up his cover story. He also uses a lot of biblical quotes and references, eg, the plagues of blood, bugs, etc. I still don't understand why he's got such a hardon for supermarket guy unless it's just to extort money? The flashback with the buried money marked with the ice scraper is a direct reference to the movie but the circs are different. Also a movie moment when supermarket guy goes to a snowbound car park, leaves immediately and is stopped by a doofus attendant (only this one lives to tell the tale).
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