THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURI (15)

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURI (15)

Run time: 115 Mins

Director: Martin McDonagh

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones

Synopsis: After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s brutal murder, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, buying three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement intensifies.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up61Tf6KnNw

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from writer/director Martin McDonagh [In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012)]

Grief-riven, anti-heroine Mildred Hayes [Frances McDormand – Mississippi Burning (1998), Fargo (1996), Almost Famous (2000), North Country (2005)] is an unforgettably strong character who constantly surprises in this thought-provoking tragi-comedy.

Her provocative action in renting the eponymous billboards sparks a series of moral ambivalences for all the main characters in this dark, unpredictable but heart-rending drama. Her quest to get justice for her daughter’s rape and murder pits her against William Willoughby [Woody Harrelson – True Detective (TV 2014-2015), The Hunger Games (2012-2015)], the town’s revered chief of police. His second-in-command Officer Dixon [Sam Rockwell – Moon (2009), Seven Psychopaths (2012)] is an immature mother’s boy, a racist with a penchant for violence, whose involvement exacerbates the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement officers.

With a superb ensemble cast and a stellar leading performance from McDormand ably backed by Harrelson and a career-best from Rockwell, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI has razor sharp writing, editing and direction.

The clever blend of horror, grief, violence and the darkest of humour displayed while Mildred shows that she is a force to be reckoned with, coupled with the way the characters around her in this sleepy town evolve to deal with loss and tragedy makes THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI one of the year’s best films.

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