Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Fances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and more.

Three Billboards

The Intro:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has been the talk of the awards season. Taking a number of awards home from the BAFTA’s, SAGA, and Golden Globes. Three Billboards is a front runner for a number of Oscar Awards in the eyes of many but what makes this film so astounding? It is about time to give it an Oberrating and decide just for myself if “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is deserving of its accolades.

IMDB Summary:
“A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.”

The Oberrating:
Early on, what I have heard about “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was that the performances were out of this world. After my viewing of the film, no one was exaggerating this statement. Each and every character within this film was simply immaculate. Frances McDormand takes the lead role by the throat and performs her heart out in every waking scene. From her early conversation with the local priest to an ending ride into the sunset, McDormand is a powerhouse.
Aside from McDormand, special attention must be given to her co-stars, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry Jones, and Lucas Hedges (just to name a few). As I previously said before, no character feels unnecessary when it comes to this film. Each character plays a key role to the events occurring within the film and when it comes time for any of the actors to step up to the plate, it is a home run performance each time.

The story of Three Billboards is a unique and gripping one. For me, it is real and can strike home for many. Day by day we may watch the news and see how our justice system has “failed” and we begin to play the blame game on what went wrong. This film presents this story and gives a multi-perspective look at it. Not all the people on either side of a controversy are bad nor are they all good.

For myself, little went wrong in regards to Three Billboards. My minor criticisms fall under a particular character and the ending to the film. In regards to the character, Brendan Saxton III plays the “Crop-haired guy” who plays a unique role within the story of the film. From my perspective, not enough is explained of this character when it comes to the subject of how important he was and overall this character is left to the wind and vaguely gets revisited by film’s end.  Which leads me to the ending which I was not entirely a huge fan of.
***Minor spoiler ahead***
The film wraps up with two characters setting off on a personal mission, or are they actually on the personal mission? Once again, the result is not communicated and is left up for interpretation but for me, this is not the kind of film which I would want to sit back and think what these characters ultimately decide on doing or not doing. It is not entirely a terrible ending but it is not my preferred one.

The Wrap-Up:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” lived up to my expectations and the buzz I have heard thus far. It is a stellar film that focuses on sensitive and real subject matter but still has enough personality behind it to keep an audience entertained with its dark humor. Without hesitation, I say that this film is more than exceptional due to the astounding performances of its cast. While it may not be my favorite among the Oscar 2018 Best Picture list, I can not deny its greatness and ultimately its inevitable wins come ceremony day.

Rating: 4/5


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