Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is a very original story. Excellent melding of humor and tragedy. Of course, Frances McDormand is perfect as Mildred because Martin McDonagh wrote the part for her. She is a woman so overcome by grief over the death of her daughter that she is driven to desperate acts. The uniform she wears is because she is dressed for war, not because she is a mechanic. It is sad to see that her anguish leaves little room for her son, Lucas Hedges, or concern for how her actions affect him. Woody Harrelson (Willoughby) is wonderful as the beleaguered Sheriff who has compassion for what she is going through, though he has problems of his own. Dixon (Sam Rockwell) starts out as a violent, racist deputy who idolizes his boss. After Mildred and Dixon both make a couple of wrong turns, they make amends and move forward. Peter Dinklage brings wit and sadness to his interactions with McDormand. John Hawkes plays Mildred’s ex-husband who blames her for their loss. Samara Weaving is his very young, very earnest new girlfriend who adds a little comic relief. The movie has a realistic feel, no perfect ending, no righteous vengeance. This was the best movie we saw at TIFF 2017.
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Question & Answers
|Principle Cast||Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell|
|Run Time||115 minutes|
|Premier||Venice Film Festival 2017|
|Academy Award Nominations||Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Frances McDormand
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Sam Rockwell
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Woody Harrelson
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) – Carter Burwell
Best Original Screenplay – Martin McDonagh
Best Achievement in Film Editing – Jon Gregory