Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Review: Mildred Hayes paints three signs leading to her town directed at the lead chief of police. She pressures the police into continuing the investigation into her daughter’s murder.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Actors: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, Alejandro Barrios, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Zeljko Ivanek, Amanda Warren and Malaya Rivera Drew
Year: 2017
Genre: Comedy, Crime and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
The basis of this story is from actual events that took place in Beaumont , Orange County , Texas. The Three Billboards is from the same creator who directed and wrote the amazing In Bruges (2008). There is a lot of strong language in this but after a while you don’t notice. It is very well written with some comedic lines that will make you laugh out loud. The subject matter is very heavy. I came away feeling very sorry for all the characters. You could say that the cops are not necessarily the bad guys, nor the good guys . I came away sympathising for each character and what they are all going through. Great ensemble cast but especially from Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. Frances McDormand is fantastic and this film made me wish she had had bigger parts in films to play in the past. I would love to see more of her on the screen, especially lead roles. Her last major lead role was in Fargo (1996). Her facial expressions tell you everything that you need to know. Frances McDormand was hesitant to take on the role when offered to her, but was eventually convinced by her husband, Joel Coen. Martin McDonagh actually wrote the screenplay with Frances McDormand in mind. Sam Rockwell wore padding to make his character look chubbier. Frances McDormand and Lucas Hedges previously appeared in the film Moonrise Kingdom (2012). There are references in this to Psycho (1960) and also there are several allusions to Don’t Look Now (1973). There is a scene where Sam Rockwell’s character comes home and finds his mum watching Don’t Look Now (1973). Believe it or not there is no town in Missouri named Ebbing. They actually filmed the whole film in North Carolina in a small mountain town called Sylva. This has many shocking moments which will make you gasp. There were times where I had tears running down my face I found it so moving. The main themes that occur are anger and guilt; it is a film about a broken society, divided on class and social race lines. At the Academy Awards in 2018 this won two Oscars one for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand) and also Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell). At the Golden Globe Awards in 2018 this won four awards. They were for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (Martin McDonagh), Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Frances McDormand) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Sam Rockwell). At the Bafta Awards this won five awards. They were for Best Leading Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Screenplay (Original) (Martin McDonagh), Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Outstanding British Film of the Year. 


One thought on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  1. Hi Beth

    Good to briefly catch up last week

    Surely you don’t feel sorry for Sam Rockwell’s character ?

    I understand, although I am yet to see the film he plays a racist ?

    I saw ‘ Darkest Hour ‘ for the second time last night, it must be one hell of a film ‘ The Shape of Water ‘ as I enjoyed, admired and revelled in DH even more than Dunkirk

    And I like the films of Chris Nolan, except of course Inception which I thought was to clever for it’s own good.

    Great review particularly the details about where in a Texas it was filmed.

    Take care and have fun



    Stephen Bridges 07769974074


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