A Simple Plan ★★★★

Although it’s not intended to be, this is a really great companion piece to Fargo. The setting, the quirkiness, the Billy Bob Thornton, etc. - there are a lot of connections to be made. 

Sam Raimi stays surprisingly restrained here. I wouldn’t have guessed this was one of his films without having been told, and although I love his usual style, it was cool to see something different from him for a change. One thing that unifies all of his films in my eyes is the fact that they all feel like movies. I say this with the utmost praise: he knows how to make his films feel like stories, not screenplays. No matter what I’m watching from him, no matter how “serious” it is, I always have a lot of fun.