It is no surprise to learn that Three Billboards has been nominated for 7 Oscars. The film drags you into the characters’ lives pulling you through twists and turns with great finesse and admirable direction from Martin Mc Dogan (known for In Bruges).
Frances McDormand stars as Mildred Hayes, a mother grieving over the murder of her daughter. As a result, she wages war on the local police department by installing 3 controversial billboards on the outskirts of town. This move sparks chaos, rage and tragedy to the small town of Ebbing Missouri.
The emotionally riveting character arcs ensure this film’s success. The struggling chief portrayed by Woody Harrelson is a tremendous rivalry to the steadfast take no prisoners Mildred Hayes. Winning each scene, they share together. But most noteworthy was the deputy (Sam Rockwell), a hateful racist who takes pleasure in abusing his role of power. Without giving away too much, for me, his powerfully conflicted character development ultimately makes the film.
Despite the lack lustre conclusion, the film’s final act is forgivable due to sustaining the thrilling high intensity throughout often taking the narrative on unexpected tangents that absorb the audience into every second of its 115-minute runtime.
The mix of dark comedy and raw emotion propels through each act. Mc Dogan has created a work of art that balances between both tones with ease. Combined with the flawless cinematography and scenes that feel both fresh and original Three Billboards is bound to be an audience favourite.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is screening at thescreen Stortford on Monday 29 March, Tuesday 30 March and Wednesday 31 March – book tickets now.