Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – Movie Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a crime drama film produced, written, and directed by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh who is known for his take on crime and dark comedy genre films like Seven Psychopaths (2012) and In Bruges (2008). The film has been nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Motion Picture of the year, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Frances McDormand, and two nominations for Best Actor in Supporting Role for Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

The film starts with Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), a mother, grieving the death of her teenage daughter Angela. Angela had been raped and murdered that had happened seven months earlier. Despite taking this much long time, local authorities had failed miserably to find the culprits. Mildred, filled with rage over the lack of progress in the investigation rents three billboards to draw the attention of the chief of police Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), to her daughter’s unsolved murder case. Rest of the film depicts that how Mildred stands firm against all odds and how these billboards considerably affect the lives of people connected to it.

The film has encompassed a very powerful story with a really good depiction of the complexity of human emotions, about how different people see the same thing with a different point of views. The characters in the film are very strong and compelling enough to justify their very existence and actions. There are some pacing issues with the film and the ending is bit ambiguous. Despite having the dark tone the use of humor in the film is apt.

Verdict : The gripping drama, convincing story, and powerful characters surely makes the film Oscar worthy and definitely deserves audiences’ time.

Rating : 4.2/5

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