Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Title: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Year: 2017

Genre:  Crime | Drama |

Runtime: 115  min

Director: Martin McDonagh

Starring:  Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell




A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.



This movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This movie has been in the spotlight for a while but then it disappeared just as quickly. It created some buzz for the intentional Academy Awards, that this year did, in fact, had no host. It was a lot of character-based story about a grieving mother who took the law in her own hands.  She succeeded to some degree.

It tries more than it is. The first two half of the movie is actually very entertaining and brings a good contrast between each character and their own desire even if it fails the plot immensely sometimes. At one point in this movie, it has moments that might you make your left. Not particularly because you might think it’s amusing but it’s because you’ll feel comfortable with these characters and their distinctive actions. The movie is very graphic in dialogue and doesn’t care on censure in terms of sharing what’s important for the respective.

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Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand, in this comedy-drama-crime combination is a very passionate woman. She speaks out her mind and doesn’t give a shit on what’s happening to others. All this anger in all the character is based on what happened to her daughter. Her daughter was raped and killed. She uses three billboards, just like what the title of the movie suggests, to send out her message and abuse the power from the police. She wants something done and fast. To get the killer.  Her performance feels strong and powerful and shows barely any remorse regarding her actions. She won an Oscar for her performance and in her speech, she tried to overlay the prize in a political context.

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Jason Dixon, played by Sam Rockwell, is one of the policemen who lives at home with his old mom. A complicated man that struggles with his anger. Often so, he and Mildred argue often and tries to convey something that fits best for all, as he’s negative about the billboards.  He has a better performance than Frances, mostly because of his range of emotions and compassion. He’s eager to do the right thing even, he’s done something bad. He has anger issues and tries to compromise with Mildred by the end. He has a more dynamic story arc than what McDormand shows.

In terms of writing and direction is tries to salute the will of free speech. What would the consequences be if something like this happened in real life? What would you do if your daughter was killed and raped? Would you just stand there and do shit, or take a stand as Mildred does in this film?  It tries to bring something up front but the real question about the murder is foreseen, it put the behind and other discussions are rather prioritized. These shifts happen after half of the movie, as it turns to a different movie. Mildred passion about the murder doesn’t get weak or so, but in general, it drops in context and the attention about what the movie tries to answer is pushed aside.

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The dialogue and the black comedy is great even frequently amount for the abuse of curse-words, like fuck, mother-fucker, cunt, and so on… The performance overall is solid, and the feeling of a small town is present and recognizable. The music and atmospheric tone are justified, not to mention the racial overtones. The ending brings more question than what it answers as the killer is never revealed on camera just bypassing.





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