Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Running Time: 115 minutes
Directed & Written by: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish
A crime thriller, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows the tale of a mother, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) who decided to rent three billboards that are placed strategically by the road leading into her town. On these billboards, she put up a controversial message directed at the town’s chief of police, William Willoughby (Harrelson), regarding her daughter’s murder case. Chaos and conflict ensues as various people from town take sides.
Staying true to McDonagh’s writing and direction, the film was not only gripping, but it was dusted with some dark humour sprinkles. All in all, it was a great script, there wasn’t a moment where my mind wandered throughout the film. The cast was great. McDormand, Harrelson, and Rockwell delivered award-winning performances. McDormand carried the film with such empathy that you could see the thoughts that ran through the character’s mind, even in silence. And the score by Carter Burwell breathed life into the film.
All in all, it is a great film, worth the watch especially for those who love crime thrillers and dark comedy, and it definitely worth the awards!
Rating: 8.5 out of 10