A woman takes on the local police department after her daughter is murdered.
A woman takes on the local police department after her daughter is murdered.
Frances McDormand Woody Harrelson Sam Rockwell John Hawkes Peter Dinklage Abbie Cornish Caleb Landry Jones Lucas Hedges Kathryn Newton Clarke Peters Zeljko Ivanek Kerry Condon Samara Weaving Nick Searcy Sandy Martin Malaya Rivera Drew Darrell Britt-Gibson Amanda Warren Michael Aaron Milligan Lawrence Turner Jerry Winsett
Inspired by the violent, morally absorbing Southern Gothic works of Flannery O’Connor, British playwright Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) finally delivers on the film he was always meant to make with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri; layering his usual absurd humor, sharply-pointed wit and sudden bursts of violence into a meditation on monumental losses, and what we opt to fill those empty spaces with. The premise is beautifully simple: Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand, incredible), seven months after her daughter’s murder, launches a billboard campaign accusing the local police department of ineptitude, including a well-meaning Sherriff Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and a violent bigot (Sam Rockwell), and in the process kicks off an all-out community war.
McDonagh complicates what might have…
"I'm depressed enough as it fucking is"
The tight-writing needs to be addressed here. McDonagh took the best parts from In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths together to make the most darkly entertaining film all TIFF. Frances Macdormand has never been more badass (espically under McDonagh's direction) and her chemistry with Harrelson and crew is incredible, but this pro can be said for a good amount of the cast as well. McDonagh demands you to feel for these characters and the overall narrative, he instantly hooks you in with natural character development instead of the "history lesson" approach and only gets better in terms of style and subtlties from there on out.
Probably his best effort
TIFF 2017: Film #3
In contention for the best dark comedy I've ever seen. This will surely win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The script is brilliant. The dialogue is outstanding. This is flat out a superbly written film. Three Billboards balances comedy and tragedy like I've never seen before. One minute you're laughing hysterically and not even a few second slater you feel like shedding some tears. The balance among tones is incredible.
Sam Rockwell is a revelation in this film. I think he's even better in this than he was in Moon. The same goes for Frances McDormand. I believe this is her best performance. Woody Harrelson is also really fantastic. Peter Dinklage has some fantastic moments. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a character driven movie and everyone fucking KILLS IT!
Expect several Oscar noms to come from this film!
Yes, this is better than In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
TIFF 2017: Film #13
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may very well end up being my favorite film in all of 2017. Martin McDonagh has topped himself in a really big way. Writing one of the finest scripts of this year and directing it to pure perfection. It's a wonderfully dark and lived in exploration of social politics in our current Big Bad Angry America, filled with rich and complex characters played marvelously by one of the best ensemble casts of the year. McDormand and Rockwell have got to be locks for the Oscar race this year, they're both give utterly tremendous and relatable levels to their characters. Each character in the film is faced with a life changing moment…
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
TIFF 2017 film #10
Reason for pick - director Martin McDonagh - In Bruges
Stand down, Stallone. Hasta La Vista, Arnie. Zed’s dead, Bruce.
There’s a new badass in town.
I hate putting anything that’s not a goof in my letterboxd reviews because it always comes off as pretentious but: it’s so strange how grief is so powerful but so futile, too. Incredible to the point that I almost don’t want to watch anything else this year so I can go out on a high note.
McDonagh's best film yet, with all the offensive dialogue you've come to expect (this is Trigger Warning: The Movie, folks), but more rounded, textured and emotionally rich than before. There's a maturity and a sense of purpose here, just with lots of fruity, laugh out loud lines layered on top. You believe the characters, their behaviour, their actions (depiction isn't endorsement, remember), and you get caught up in the machinations of small town America the way you would one of them "slice of life" podcasts you get these days.
Goes without saying McDormand is top-tier, and this is further proof that Rockwell is maybe the best actor working today to still not receive a major acting award nomination (correct me if I'm wrong), but the film is stuffed with good turns all round. Pretty dang great.
Day-by-day London Film Festival Coverage here.
“Violence only begets more violence.”
Someone read that on a bookmark once.
In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri an all-out community war develops after Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) pays for three billboards on an isolated road to provoke the police force – led by Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) – into reopening a cold case into the rape and murder of her teenage daughter. Mildred knows that with the help of a local news anchor, she’ll be able to bring the case back into the public and police consciousness, and hopefully find the person who committed the heinous act. It’s a relatively simple set-up, with the first scene introducing Mildred’s intentions, so there’s very little…
I wish there were more I could say about this film that didn't wander into either spoiler territory or technicalities. I mean, yes I'm an ex-student of film and it's my bread & butter, but this film deserves more than simple analysis because it's one of the best films I've seen in years.
The writing is tight, witty and shows a flare that director Martin McDonagh will be remembered for. The photography is incredible, the acting is sublime, the soundtrack is perfect, the story itself is dark, hilarious and sombre all at the same time.
The story of a mother's obsession with finding the killer of her late daughter is gripping from start to finish and is delivered with aplomb by…
This is the Coen brothers on speed. Brilliant movie with perfect balance between drama and comedy. Probably one of the most exciting and fun movies of the year with an excellent Frances McDormand. Ha de yo Oscar!!!!!
The most awkward dialogue ever
FILM FEST GENT #18
The constant ebb and flow of dark comedy and heartwrenching drama is a thing to behold. Everybody’s amazing in this but what a delight to see Sam Rockwell back on the screen.
Martin McDonagh's third film may lack the effortless grace of his stunning debut, In Bruges, but it’s more coherent and confident than his follow-up, Seven Psychopaths, getting its humanistic points across covered by the usual maelstrom of swearing, violence and taboo-punching.
Frances McDormand plays a plain-talking cracker mom who hires three defunct billboards in a bid to attract the attention of a police force that has spent seven months failing to find the man who raped and killed her daughter.
Those cops are led by Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), a family man dying of pancreatic cancer, and the slow-witted, hair-triggered Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell, brilliant again), one of the most intelligently, interestingly developed characters I’ve seen in a while.
It is typically scabrous, as well as being a surprisingly profound meditation on the ethics of vengeance and grief
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