Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri AKA Three Billboards for short is a fantastically hilarious, dramatic, and emotional film that hits your mind and heart from beginning to end. The film follows Mildred, a woman whose daughter was brutally murdered. Mildred spent a year waiting and hoping for the police to make arrests. When they didn't, she decided to take matters into her own hands by putting up three billboards blaming Chief of Police Willoughby for not caring about her daughter's case. What follows is an ongoing battle between a stubborn, racist police force and a desperate mom who will stop at nothing for answers.
Let me start by saying Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand were the two shining stars in this film. Frances was tough-as-nails and ruthless and took her role the extra mile with stellar acting. Sam Rockwell was hilarious as the "dummy" of the police force and was the center for most of the humor. He was surprising and broke the mold of his usual pattern to bring something new to the table.
As for the rest of the cast, each one brought a different element to the film that balanced everything. Woody Harrelson was a nice combination of everything. He was funny, dramatic, and emotional and has proven once again that he's come a long way as an actor. Caleb Landry Jones also brought humor to the film, which was a huge change for him. He's been prominently in action, drama, and horror films so to see his funny side was a nice change of pace.
The story itself was beautiful and tragic both. Writer and director Martin McDonagh shows his genius in every frame and every line. He successfully captures the realism of Mildred's situation all the while bringing a darkly comedic tone. As he has personally said, "There have to be moments when you glimpse something decent, something life-affirming even in the most twisted character. That's where the real art lies."
In conclusion, I have high praise for the film. If you are sensitive to coarse language then I can say that you will most likely not have a good time in this film. But for everyone else, I recommend you see it. I give Three Billboards a 4 out of 4.
© 2017 Nathan Jasper