Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Written by Gavin Sanctis
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Multi-award winning playwright, Martin McDonagh follows up the excellent “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths” with the delightfully superb brilliant black comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Once again bringing his original trademark writing and direction with canny Irish charm on the big screen.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows Mildred, a recently divorced mother (played by the always brilliant Frances McDormand) who after the Police of Ebbing fail to catch the culprits responsible for her daughter Angela’s rape and murder less than a year ago decides to hire the use of three vacant billboards at the edge of Ebbing asking the Chief of Police, Willoughby (played by the always watchable and excellent Woody Harrelson) Why there have been no arrests in the case?

Soon word spreads amongst the town, leaving residents of Ebbing divided as to be on the side of Mildred or on the side of the Police, making Mildred an emotional target as some feel the billboards are inappropriate and getting too much outside attention. Ebbing is a town, which has no problem using coarse inappropriate language, but when the spotlight is shown on them for being complacent in the solving of a very important crime while also not being complacent in committing other crimes, the residents do not like this.

Frances McDormand’s performance as Mildred is extremely driven and doesn’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of her path making her one of the strongest characters in the film up against a town telling her that everything she is doing is wrong when all she is doing seeking closure and Justice for her daughter.

Seven Psychopaths alumni Woody Harrelson is reunited with Sam Rockwell, as a racist, bigoted and often violent loathsome police officer, Dixon who goes against the code of law enforcement and brings the police a bad name. A character different from Rockwell’s usual brand of nice guy roles.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri explores a lot of very bleak subjects that lots of people are afraid to talk about and it does so in a manner that is surprisingly very clever with the strong use of dark humour that goes in part to the brilliantly tight script and direction by Martin McDonagh.

With an excellent supporting cast including Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Clarke Peters, and John Hawkes. The Performances of which as well as the leads keep the film moving and powerful that speaks volumes about how different people react to different traumatic events by trying hide and act as if they didn’t happen and even trying to forget all about them, even after they are re-examined and put in the spotlight.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens in UK Cinemas nationwide on Friday 12th January and is not to be missed. As a fan of Martin McDonagh’s writing and direction, I am eagerly looking forward to his next project.
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