This series on Netflix came highly recommended by my nephew, who was very impressed by Billy Bob Thornton. Well, I had to check that, no?
Amongst the other actors there’s Martin Freeman (Love Actually, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy etc) and Allison Tolman (Prison Break).
The story is quite idiotic to begin with. Man (Lester Nygaard, played by Martin Freeman) who has met former bully in the streets and gets himself hurt in an improbable way, tells himself at the hospital that he should have done something to this bully. Right next to him at that moment, is hitman Lorne Malvo (played by Billy Bob Thornton). Ofcourse, Lester doesn’t know he’s a hitman. They talk about hypothetical murder. Lorne says: ‘yes or no?’ and at that moment the nurse comes by, asking ‘Lester Nygaard?’ and so Lester says ‘yes’. More or less by accident.
Very Arthur Dent, actually.
The storyline never has a dull moment. Despite the fact you never really get to know Lorne Malvo, you do get to see a lot of Lester Nygaard and his trouble with the police department, especially Molly Solverson. Who is convinced Lester is involved in several cases and can’t let go. Though she has a point there, her part is to both annoy and keep the storyline going, apparently. In a way you want to push her aside just as much as her chief does, but then again: she does have a point.
Lester Nygaard is a weird persona. Never has done anything wrong in his life, but when one thing happens, other things start moving too. I never got used to his weird accent. Having seen him in different films, I’m far too aware that he doesn’t naturally sound like that. Despite that, he is very constant with it. But it does give him a very slow, very unnatural way of speaking.
If it wouldn’t have been for my nephew I probably wouldn’t have watched it. I did enjoy it 🙂