After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at Bill Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Jason Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.Wikipedia
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Reviews
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, some complicated racial politics notwithstanding, is a clever, gripping film that you do not want to miss.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is eventually a film about the need to point fingers. Mildred Hayes is out there hunting for arrests, hunting for someone to blame for an unthinkable, unjustifiable tragedy. At one point in the film, a character - unexpectedly - uses the word 'begets' correctly, as in "violence begets violence," and that momentary lapse of stupidity is enough to protect her from wrath. The difference lies all in an instant. We can put up the labels on giant billboards - Good, Bad, Ugly, Guilty - but we only ever make our minds up as we drive past them, deciding along the way. This film is about reading between the signs.
What didn’t work for me was the open-ended finale. It is both unsettling and distancing and feels like a cop-out. Still this film must be seen. If only to witness the towering talent of McDormand who is almost guaranteed to pick up the Best Actress Oscar in March.
...there is no doubt that in putting a greying, foul-mouthed woman, in shapeless overalls and bandanas, in frazzled hair and cutting no slack, at the heart of this story of sort-of revenge, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, has given McDormand the definitive words of this gone year: “This time, the chick ain’t losing.”
Like his previous movies, Three Billboards strives for such a microscopic sweet spot tonally that the fact that it not only finds it, but sustains it for two hours, is miraculous. It not only aspires towards greatness, but confronts it, screams at it, and when it has everyone’s attention, revels in it. It’s a profane and profound masterpiece that will evolve into a time capsule of sorts, when things get better. Bring your children.
We're presented with characters and their genuine emotions, as the movie goes through a roller-coaster of heartfelt emotions.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's insistence to tidy up the mess through coincidences and contrivances, force an almost overnight change of heart and absolve a vitriolic creature with sure enough history of racial violence is not only unconvincing but defeats all its justice-seeking ideals.If, unlike me, you can set these ethical differences aside, the McDormand steamroller is one hell of an engaging viewing.
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ poses an intriguing moral dilemma – can revenge be as bad as the crime itself? It also looks at how tragedy can affect different people, but its biggest achievement is in testing your perspective of how quickly we tend to judge people without knowing what truly drives them. One of the movies that could easily fly under the radar if it wasn’t receiving all the awards buzz, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is an unassuming film that surprises you with its provocative subject matter and evocative performances that are hard to forget.
Directed by Martin McDonagh, the movie has been bagging all the awards this season for the screenplay; Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell; and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. When you watch the movie, it leaves you with no doubt that all these accolades are well deserved.
Carter Burwell's measured background score and Ben Davis' involving cinematography will keep you affected throughout. This is one helluva film. You can't afford to miss it!
The final scene of the film is not what you expect in a thriller, but that’s the beauty of watching an unconventional film like this – you get to marinate the film inside your mind, mull it over, decide along the way home if what just happened was just an abrupt open ending or logically (and socially) the perfect method to tie it up all together.We’re lucky to have this film release in theaters, whether you’re a film geek or not you should be booking your tickets right about now.
Deftly written and directed with a keen understanding of the clannish conspiracies that tie the people of small towns together, this film offers us a deep and penetrating view into the innermost enclaves of the human heart where unknown to us, the most unexpected secretion of humanism merges with the cruelest of blows dealt by destiny.
This darkly comedic and moving revenge tale is a swansong to Frances McDormand’s skill
Audience Reviews for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
'Three Billboards' is nothing short of a winner. It is a boundlessly entertaining film that keeps you hooked despite a flimsy cultural and ethnically one-note entry. It is about the struggle of a mother- a protest language, which comes as a harbinger of the kind of cinema that does theme-tackling in a structural, surprisingly optimistic way. But that is only the prowess of the writing by Martin McDonagh, who infuses clichés and re-defines the textbook with textures. Frances McDormand is the best actress of this year, with ensuring that Mildred Hayes stays with you, for you, forever. She can easily be one of the soul characters of Hollywood. Sam Rockwell's officer Dixon has a another kind of complex- you may like it or beg to differ. Any ways, his name's quiet bloody hilarious, it sounds like 'dick son'! With all these, Woody Harreison plays officer Willoughby to his prowess: (spoilers ahead) when he dies and one of the billboards of Mrs. Hayes fails, it dials enough emotional resonance and clicks the right buttons of story-telling. Arrive twists like disruption of Dixon and unlawful ways by which the authorities function, and you feel the beat of why the drama has been structured to stay with you.
The ethnical variations mostly arrive to nuanced structures. And that's a considerable strength to undermine the film's a little kinda flawed intent. Watch 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's if you want to see what a fine winning film looks like. It's one of the best films of the decade, and for that, it's essential viewing.
The togetherness of drama and comedy (mostly black) and pitched together like a puzzle by the famous Oscar winning Writer-Director Martin McDonagh. Francis McDormand gives her best performance after 'Fargo'. The film is a fiercely written,fiercely performed tragic comedy consisting of venegence and violence. It accepts the concept of death but embraces it with a choice of revenge.
Francis McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a middle aged woman who is shattered by the tragic event of her daughter's rape and murder. She is tragicbeaten and alone,works at a gift shop and lives with his son Robbie (Lucas Hedges). Her husband Charlie (Hawkes) left her for a 19 year old woman or girl.(Whatever you say!). The towns police officers have no clue on the case and Mildred rents three unused billboards, just outside town, to remind and to ridicule the officers for no improvements in the case. The chief of the police Mr. Willoughby (played by the terrefic Woody Harrelson) tries hard not to get provoked by the boards but his racist deputy Mr. Dixon(Sam Rockwell) has a different view on that.
The comedy and the hope the film possess is sometimes quickly replaced by rage and suspence that you get reminded of the Coen's "No Country For Old Men"(which also had Woody Harrelson).
Okay here's a little bit of criticism too. The cops in the film sometimes play the good cop sometimes the bad one to the lead mom. (esp. Sam Rockwell). The director tries hard for a delicious twist, the sympathy or the love from a rather arrogant mother and a rather arrogant with racism cop which is thoroughy disturbing. But the differences in the film is held together by a terrefic cast of performance
The mother with courage and pain 'Francis McDormand' holds everything in just the right shape from sense of rage to humour and then quickly to order. But the real breakthrough is the terrefic 'Sam Rockwell' ,overshadowing the mighty 'Woody Harrelson'.
So with all the good and so little of the bad,I rate 'Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri' as a positive thing and going with a rating of 6.