Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Movie:  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Rating:  4 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:    Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is a driven woman.  Months ago her teenage daughter Angela (Kathryn Newton) was brutally raped and murdered, and the police haven’t a clue.  Fueled by rage, despair and self loathing, Mildred decides to take matters into her own hands to shake things loose.  She scrapes together $5,000 to put a taunting challenge to police chief William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) on three billboards in town, and then waits for the backlash.

As expected, Chief Willoughby is quick to react to the message on the billboards.  Problem is, he has no clues to work with, plus he has his own problems to deal with.  The rest of the Ebbing police force is not too happy with Mildred, especially hot tempered officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell).  Mildred soon finds out that the police can make life miserable for her and people close to her, but she can dish it out with the best of them.  All of which makes a small town like Ebbing boil over with resentment as tempers flair.  But Mildred cares not what anybody thinks of her, as she is hell-bent on finding a killer.  Perhaps folks in Ebbing should have heeded Confucius when he wisely stated, “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

This film has been marketed as a dark comedy.   Forget that.  This is heavy duty drama like a solid punch to your gut.  This is story telling at it’s best, and will keep viewers in the audience glued to their seats, waiting for the next development.  Absolutely riveting acting, with a sure Best Actress nomination for Frances McDormand.  There could be two Best Supporting Actor nominations for Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.  For discriminating film fans who gripe about the lack of quality stories in movies today, do not miss this film.  It has Best Picture nomination written all over it.  See it.

Mini Trailers:   Mildred – “How much to rent for a year?  Here’s $5,000.  Here’s what the billboards should say.”

Chief Willoughby – “Do you really want to f*ck with the Ebbing Police Department?”  Mildred – “I guess.  My daughter Angela was abducted, raped and murdered.”

Officer Dixon – “You can’t say n*gger torturing no more.  You got to say person of color torturing.”

Priest – “The town is dead set against these billboards of yours.  Nobody is with you with this.”  Mildred – “Why don’t you just finish up your tea, father, and get the f*ck out of my kitchen.”

Mildred – “You ain’t trying to make me believe in reincarnation, are you?  You’re pretty, but you’re not her.”

Officer Dixon – “I don’t know what the compensation scheme is for throwing a guy out the window.”

Mildred’s Son – “Shouldn’t we call the fire department?”  Mildred – “F*ck the fire department.  They probably started it.”


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