I decided not to give the fancy title to this review due to the length of the movie title itself which scares away most common movie watchers away from a great conversation piece of a film. Continuing with the Theater Hoppers Oscars Contenders Series, we enter Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
There are certain movies you watch that will draw up a range of emotions. More often we watch movies to escape the harsh truths of reality, then other times we watch movies to empathize with a character’s story. Three Billboards fits the latter. Driving home into Ebbing, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) Notices 3 unused billboards just outside the towns boarder. After a little self deliberation she heads to the ad agency and rents the billboards to send a message to the local law enforcement who after 7 months had still not solved the rape and murder of her daughter.
Now right off the bat I thought to myself if they titled this film “Justice: A Monther’s Love” it might have gained a few more eyes of the general audience. But hey, I guess that’s why I’m not heading to the Academy Awards this year, but I digress…
What is so compelling about this movie is that it manages to tell a story with relevant society implications and still manages to refrain from being a political propaganda piece! The performances were so believable those range of emotions were working a full time job inside of my head (just picture the Inside Out team running franticly trying to get those in check, lol) So much Love, Hate, Rage, Sadness, hope just entering and exiting through a revolving door.
A mother calling for justice desperate for answers and decides to point the finger at the Police Chief (Woody Harrelson) Who is trying to keep his department at bay with an overzealous officer (Sam Rockwell) Who already has a reputation for harassing and torturing the town’s black citizens, and if I might add not the brightest bulb in the drawer. What this movie does so well is blur the line of the Protagonist, Antagonist, and the anti-hero. At one point you’re disgusted at one person then rooting for them 2 scenes later. 20 minutes into this film I was locked, and did not want to pull away.
This is a film that I would recommend to the general audience, and in certain cases high school classes as it tackles the topics of how to deal with things that are in your control and how to deal with things you have no control over. The choices that were made had real consequences to them, and by the time it was all said and done you felt for each of the main characters one way or another.
The only negative I have with this movie was the ending. Don’t worry I’m not going to spoil anything here, but personally the ending was the only part of this movie that kept me from giving Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri a perfect score.
Overall… This is a must watch film there were moments where I yelled at the screen and then moments where I straight applauded (glad I wasn’t in a theater). This is a heart warming drama that deserves more than one watch and definitely a film that can spark great conversations about choices and consequences. It’s a front runner with 7 Oscar nominations.
I give Three Billboards a 4 out of 5
Release date: 10 November 2017 (USA)
Director: Martin McDonagh
Budget: 28.7 million USD
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh
Run Time: 1h 55min