ð¥Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)
Dir. Martin McDonagh
Written by: Martin McDonagh
Another major frontrunner to win the oscar for best picture in a few weeks has to be Martin McDonaghâs dramedy Three Billboads Outside Ebbing Missouri. Darkly comic, deeply tragic, and so sharply written that it cuts, Three Billboards is an exhilirating film experience that feels incredibly fresh surrounded by all the remakes, sequels and overused concepts being released nowadays. The movie tells the story of Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother who, after the tragic murder and rape of her only daughter, decides to take matters into her own hands and puts up three billboards directly attacking the Ebbing Police department for their incompetency in solving the case.
Mr. McDonagh is a pain artist whose tools include absurd violence, cruel laughs and unexpected sucker punches. It is just impressive to watch how he naturally yet restlessly, if not satisfyingly, shifts between comedy and tragedy, splattering blood along the way. More than anything, McDonaghâs masterful direction is beautifully displayed in how he freights his film with a tragedy that allows his performers, primarily Frances Mcdormand and Sam Rockwell, to play their range. Both actors make the most out of their respective characters, displaying a depth and pain in their performances that is viscerally felt outside of the screen even in the funniest moments. No wonder they both are the oscar frontrunners for their respective acting categories.
In this year of the woman and in the midst of the #TimesUp movement, Three Billboards could have not had a better timing, for its story and performances perfectly encapsulate and empower all the universal anger that the world feels at the moment. The concept of the three billboards have even been replicated in real life to protest for better gun control laws in Florida, demonstrating thus the resonance and impact that this film has had on its audiences. Funny, brutal, and breathtakingly beautiful, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is the perfect dose of honest anger and delightful comedy that the current times call for.