Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

This drama film starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson tells the story of a mother desperate to find out what happened to her dead daughter. 


It is the movie everyone has been talking about. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh it is an intensely directed Drama film that will make everyone feel something. It has an amazing cast, some remarkable cinematography and a great score.


So. Frances McDormand stars as the grieving mother. Her daughter was raped and murdered and the police has not been able to crack her case and give her the justice she wants. So she rents out three billboards just outside the little city Ebbing where she attacks the chief  who has his own problems, played by Woody Harrelson for his incompetence.


The cast in this film is just one of many things worthy of praise. The chemistry between McDormand and Harrelson are award worthy. The police chief is a kind good-hearted man who is devastated that he has not been able to find her daughters murderer and the problems don’t stop with the billboards. Sam Rockwell stars as the officer under the chief of police, a man struggling with anger issues and the three leads are just worthy of all the praises they get. There is no clear villain in this film. Harrelsons character is an honorable man who has done everything he can for McDormands Mildred, and she is far from perfect herself. The two sides balances each other off so brilliantly.


McDonagh was inspired to write the movie after he saw billboards about an unsolved crime somewhere Alabama, and the script is rock solid. A Mother grieving over the tragic death of her daughter. There is no way to not love that. Martin McDonagh manages to avoid every cliché and delivers one of the best movie scripts in recent years. He balances pitch black humour extreme violence and empathy often in one single scene.


McDonagh the director of Seven Psychopaths has made the best film of his career so far. It is clear that he also wrote the movie, and every choice he made in this film helped turn it into a masterpiece.


So. Let us move on to the technical terms. The score is done by Carter Burwell and is a delight to listen to. He manages to capture the essence of the dramatic movie with his music and every single tune played throughout the film is beautifully composed.

The mise-en-scene of Three Billboards is great. The costumes and hair/makeup plays it own part of the film and fits in with the incredible cinematography.


The cinematography by Ben Davis, who has done a lot of work on the Marvel Cinematic Universe has another big success with the camera in this film. Every frame is perfectly done and the cinematography here creates the dramatic tension of of the script.

Three Billboards is a movie about anger, how everyone is angry at someone, and how anger and hatred consumes us, and how the cure for anger is empathy. In todays modern world that is a lesson everyone can learn a thing or two from. There is so much bad crap happening in the world, and so much anger, Three Billboards luckily has more then enough empathy to share out to everyone.


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a kind of film that I will never forget. It manages to stick with you. Frances McDormands, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwells great acting, the great direction and script by Martin McDonagh and the cinematography by Ben Davis makes it one of the best films of 2017, and a great candidate for best picture at the 90th Oscars. This is truly a must see film for anyone.

Score: 10/10



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