Details from IMDB:
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
R | 1h 55min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 November 2017 (USA)
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell | See full cast & crew »
This movie didn’t get much press, I’m not sure if I ever saw a preview (maybe on IMDB, I just the net and Netflix for shows these days). I did read a review of it which made it sound really good and I’ll always enjoyed Fraces McDormand (and Woody Harrelson is usually good), so it was on at the right time (and Star Wars wasn’t out yet) so we went.
I am sure glad I went to this movie, I loved it! I have a rather dark sense of humor and since this is a dark comedy, it’s right up my alley. Frances McDorman is amazing, an Oscar worthy performance. The story is instantly compelling. It’s a small (rather backward) town with some really behind the times (racist, sexist, abusive, bigoted, almost every negative thing can think of), yet I was so enthralled I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I don’t know to give much away because it has some really surprising moments and a couple of good twists but what gets the story going is a mother who decided to rent out billboards near her house to shame the local police chief for not catching the person who raped and killed her daughter. The sheriff (Harrelson) is rough around the edges but actually a pretty nice guy who has serious problems of his own and genuinely cares about the case being solved. Oh I should add Peter Dinklage is also in the film, he has a small role but is excellent, really funny and plays an interesting character.
For a movie about such a dark subject matter it is really funny through almost all of it. I also love a movie that keeps me guessing and for a lot of this I had no idea what would happen next. Other times even though I knew what would happen it was still a joy as I could look forward to a great moment.
I should also say this movie is certainly not for kids. Plenty of coarse language, mature subject matter and some violent scenes certainly mean ages 17+. The movie isn’t perfect and I didn’t love the ending, overall though it is one of the best movies I saw this year. I give it 9 out of 10 and an incredible recommendation. Please don’t bring your kids but if you enjoy dark humor, great performances and a compelling story, this is the movie for you. I hope it wins at least 1 Oscar and you can only see Star Wars so many times 😉