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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri- review


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017)

Directed by Martin McDonagh

Starring Frances McDormand,  Woody Harrelson,  Sam Rockwell

Running Time 115 Minutes, Rated R.

4 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com


Director Martin McDonagh has a way about him.  One might say profoundness dressed down in crudeness.  His 2008 film “In Bruges” is one of my personal faves, “Seven Psychopaths” didn’t get the recognition it deserves, but his latest, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is and for very good reason.  

McDonagh wrote the lead part in mind for Frances McDormand, and luckily for everyone he got his wish.  In maybe her best work since “Fargo”, McDormand plays Mildred Hayes whose lost her daughter tragically seven months previously and her hurt is now turning into seething anger and it’s getting targeted to the local small town Missouri police force.  You do not want to be on Mildred’s bad side, and she has a way of making it tough to even be on her good side as well but she gets the idea and enough scratch from selling her violent ex-husband’s (John Hawkes) tractor so that she can put up three billboards outside of town that put together say: “Raped and Murdered, And Still No Arrests?, How Come, Chief Willoughby?”


As Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) states soon after seeing them, ‘there’s a war coming.”  Willoughby with his own problems, really does care about Mildred's unsolved case, which is more than we can see for hot-headed officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell), a mama's boy who doesn’t take kindly to the billboards.  Don’t worry Sam Rockwell fans, he does dance in this movie, oh and he’s probably gonna win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year.  He definitely has my vote, (a vote that doesn’t count but maybe I’ll just send in my votes anyway, hand-written on toilet paper- I’m trailing off).  

The film drags a bit too much for me at end but the dialogue is as biting as ever with a McDonagh film with being able to throw you a few surprise punches while giving some fantastic character arcs that really feel earned.  One of the year’s better films.  

Mark 3:5


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