Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Review

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges and Peter Dinklage.

Despite the less than catchy title, when I watched the trailer for this film last year I knew it was going to be one to watch.

The story follows the brutal rape and murder of a young woman, and her mother’s response to the crime. After months have passed without a culprit, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town’s chief of police.

Lemme save you some time here and just say that there is literally nothing I can fault about this film.

Not only is this a standout performance from Frances McDormand- who I haven’t seen in anything since Fargo, but the supporting cast equally excelled. Every single person cast in this film was bold, brave and oh so talented. McDormand portrays the role of a woman who is so worn down in her frustration and desperation at the lack of police support- that she’s totally lost all hope and care in the world.

Woody Harrelson never fails to disappoint but instead of purely being there to provide a cracking joke now and again- he showed such vulnerability and heart in his portrayal of the chief of police, Bill Willoughby. In fact, there’s one absolutely standout scene between Mcdormand and Harrelson that is Oscar-worthy in my opinion.

The film fluctuates between heart wrenching, humour, ultra-violence and pushing conflicting feelings between who is really good and bad in this word.

Honestly it is such a bizarre kind of black comedy. It’s such a horrible serious subject matter- yet it was filled with laugh out loud moments, brilliant wit and the most outrageous screenplay imaginable.

I adored the fact that there was so much depth to these characters. I don’t want to write too much more for fear of spoilers- but none of these characters seemed imagined. They are real, true to life portrayals of a town divided by hate, fear and loathing- but ultimately understanding that change and redemption are possible. I left with such a bubble of hopefulness in my heart as the credits began to roll.

If there’s one film you should watch ever EVER, it’s this one. I hate that it’s only January but I just know that this film is going to be the best I see this year.

10/10

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