Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is nothing short of cinematic gold. Coming from director Martin McDonaugh, the man behind In Brudges and Seven Psychopaths, this movie blends elements of comedy and tragedy to form a vibrant story full of surprises. Alternating between darkly funny and startlingly moving, the film is driven by the raw emotional nature of the character, each of whom have demons burning inside them. The lead character Mildred, portrayed powerfully by Oscar-winner Frances McDormand, rides the emotional score with a sardonic personality that allows viewers to breath both sympathy for her tragedy and apathy for her actions. Meanwhile, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson play bad cop and good cop respectively, both of whom with flaws that clouded their soft inner being. One of the best films of 2017, Three Billboards is a rare film that never misses the mark.