July 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm #322897
Please answerJuly 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm #322899
Fargo is absolutely brilliant in every way. No question about it.July 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm #322900
The Normal Heart. Hands down. No contest.July 12, 2014 at 1:20 am #322901
Okay so you want us to choose?
One is a preachy, loud and harsh movie about a horrible disease. The lead is irritating – both the character and the actor who plays him. It is overlong, convoluted in some parts and doesn’t take the source material from stage to screen very well (SO.MANY.SPEECHES). The directing was mediocre, and the screenwriter, who incidentely also wrote the play (big mistake) – had seperation anxiety clearly, as he couldn’t bring himself to remove some of the scenes that don’t translate well to film. While an important film, there are more flaws that anything else.
The other is a TV show inspired by an Academy Award winning film. With two very odd choices for lead – a former poster boy for rebellion and Academy Award winner paired with a British character actor who has been in adaptations of three of the greatest pieces of British literature ever. The show is subtle, twisted, darkly hilarious and incredibly well made. While it did get a bit much towards the end (perhaps an 8-episode order would have been better), it was still remarkable.
Fargo is so much better.
But to be honest, why are you asking this? One is a miniseries and the other is a TV Movie. They’re not going against each other at the Emmys in that regard, only in the acting/directing/writing races, and seperate arguments can be made for those (Colin Hanks was in the better show, but gave a mediocre performance while any of The Normal Heart men in Supporting gave amazing performances). Fargo was better directed and written, but The Normal Heart also had their merits there. Both are going to win their respective categories, so why ask a question like this? Why not Fargo vs. American Horror Story: Coven or Fargo vs. True Detective.
But to answer your question, I enjoyed The Normal Heart (although Mark Ruffalo irritated me to the extreme), but I just think Fargo was much better in most regards.July 12, 2014 at 3:06 am #322902
How is that even a question ? Fargo, easy.
Ok, I haven’t watched The Normal Heart, I just hate everything Ryan Murphy does, so I’m not going to bother.
It would have been an interesting race had they been in the same categories. I’m glad they’re not though, that way Fargo will get its Emmy for sure.July 12, 2014 at 4:31 am #322903
Fargo all the way.July 12, 2014 at 7:32 am #322904
Please….FARGOJuly 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm #322905
The Normal Heart. I’ve gotten through the first couple episodes of Fargo and I really liked those. But TNH is just my personal preference.July 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm #322906
Fargo.July 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm #322907
Haven’t seen The Normal Heart; I will before the Emmys. Have some issues with Fargo but overall it had many many really intense and brilliant momentsJuly 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm #322908
I voted for Fargo…but I pretty much like both equally. I’m glad they’re not competing against each other at the Emmys.July 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm #322909
Easy question. Fargo. I loved pretty much everything about it… the writing, acting, directing, cinematography, the dark humor… and the story kept me invested. Even if it was implausible at times, who cares? It was entertaining as hell. On the other hand, I didn’t love TNH all that much. Not being much of a Ryan Murphy fan, nor a Julia Roberts fan, I watched it more out of a sense of duty… feeling that “I should,” rather than because I really wanted to. In the end, despite there being a few good moments, I found it often annoying and even tedious in parts. Have no interest in watching it a second time, which I’d normally do, if I like something well enough.
I’m also curious why you’re asking this, since they’re not competing in the same category – one was a 10-episode series, while the other a two-hour movie. Why compare them? Fargo vs AHS: Coven would make more sense for a poll, both being in miniseries. But even there, it would be no contest. Fargo, hands down.July 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm #322910
The Normal Heart
I liked them both very much, but TNH wins for me. A true story about real people and a real problem. It was heartbreaking and I’m glad Larry Kramer got to see his film being made. I thought the actors did a good job and I was very moved by it. That being said, Fargo and TNH is something I wouldn’t compare. One is a movie and the other is a miniseries. They both deserve the Emmy in their categorie.July 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm #322911
The Normal heart, if they were in the same category, I think it would’ve been too big to ignore.July 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm #322912
Not sure why these two are being compared to each other since they won’t be competing in the combined M/MTM category anymore, but here goes. “The Normal Heart” is a significant work that I’m pleased was adapted to film, so I won’t rail against it here. But “Fargo” is just a different beast that had a wider scope (by design) with greater depth and vision. So “Fargo” gets my vote.