Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

2017.  Directed by Martin McDonaugh.  

By Brian Wallinger.  

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Writer-Director Martin Mcdonagh, emulating the Coen's Brothers' formula with his own implied vision has created a deeply moving and ambiguous feature.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a film about suffering and redemption.  The film tells the story of a tough as nails woman grieving over the loss of her daughter who has been raped and murdered. Several month's have passed and the trail has gone cold. Refusing to give up hope, she hatches a wildly outrageous plan that draws the attention of everyone in the sleepy town; both in a positive and negative light. Frances Mcdormand's performance is not only one of the best of her illustrious career, it is also a contender for best of the year. Meanwhile Woody Harrelson (As the town sheriff) in a supporting role also gives a very charismatic performance. But it is the character of a racist, sleazy deputy played by Sam Rockwell that becomes the showstopper. Mcdonagh uses a very clear and sharply intelligent script to create a hauntingly humanistic character arc for Rockwell that is the very embodiment of what a progression arc should be. Over the course of the film, Rockwell steps off from the side and into the helm of the film alongside Mcdormand in a duo that will be discussed and remembered for years to come.  

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Actor Peter Dinklage known mostly for his role in Game Of Thrones, also provides a well constructed subplot character. The entire ensemble cast is the heart and soul of the film without doubt.  The cinematography by Ben Davis is very astute and a pleasure to look that, capturing the atmosphere and tone of the film with timely placed shots and use of natural lighting compositions.

With all of the discontent in America, Three Billboards is the breed of motion picture that we need more of. It is uncomfortably truthful, and yet, it is also beautiful and hysterical. It is a great metaphor for how sometimes our society can become corrupt and that our justice system doesn't always work in the favor those who are seeking closure.  It is a powerful, thought provoking piece of contemporary cinema operating on a monumental scale. A near perfect cinematic achievement. 

☆☆☆☆

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