Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the third film from director Martin McDonagh, most well known for his films Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges. The story follows Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), a grieving mother who puts up billboards to spite the local police for not catching her daughter’s killer.

Three Billboards is one of the best films of the year, complete with amazing acting, a great script and McDonagh’s characteristic hilarious dark humor.

One of the Three Billboards’ best qualities, is that the story plays out in such an unpredictable and interesting way. Unpredictability is a rare commodity in film these days, and Three Billboards’ never shows its hand.

The whole ensemble contributes to what will likely be award-worthy performances. Frances McDormand (Fargo) gives one of the best performances of her already storied career. Woody Harrelson is excellent as Chief Willoughby. Sam Rockwell (Moon) embraces his role as the racist cop, Dixon.

Three Billboards is one of the funniest movies of the year. McDonagh uses subjects that many directors consider taboo, but creates absurdist dark humor with them. That humor perfectly accompanies, and even helps develop, the small town setting.

The film’s beautifully real portrayal of grief, revenge, and redemption make this an Oscar contender and a film worth seeking out.

Score 9/10