3 billboards outside ebbing, Missouri is black comedy-drama film written and Directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage, and follows a mother who takes matters into her own hands after the police in her town are unable to find a suspect in her daughter’s murder.
Without giving too much away i will try to give a brief overview on what the film is about. The joy of this film is in the journey. Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is a single divorced mother of 2 still grieving and dealing with enormous guilt over the rape and violent murder of her teenage daughter 7 months earlier. She’s infuriated with the lack of progress in the investigation, she rents 3 abandoned billboards outside of her hometown, which are sequenced to point the finger at the town’s police chief.
The townspeople, especially the police officers, are upset over the billboards’ content, including Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and incompetent, racist officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell). Many people also find the signs in bad taste considering that Willoughby suffers from terminal illness. Soon after the billboards are put up, Mildred and her depressed son are harassed and threatened, but Mildred stays firm. A majority of the movie deals with the conflicts between Mildred, Sheriff Willoughby and officer Jason Dixon.
I loved this movie and highly recommend it. Even though the subject matter is dark, the movie has many moments that leave you laughing. The ensemble cast is superb, with some of the best acting i’ve seen in years. Martin McDonagh wrote the part of Mildred with McDormand in mind and after viewing this film you couldn’t see anyone else playing the part, She owns the role. Sam Rockwell also makes this movie special. His role as Officer Dixon is the perfect Antagonist (you will find he has some heart too) to Mildred’s protagonist.
I must also give props to writer and director. This was well written script and it was beautifully shot. I believe this Movie will receive several nods from the motion picture academy and Frances McDormand will walk away with the Oscar. You heard it hear first. If i was to say a negative thing about this movie it would be that it leaves you hanging a little in the end. It doesn’t wrap things up and leaves things open. I usually hate this but it seemed to work for this movie.
Go see this movie, you won’t regret it.