Directed by Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) is the surprisingly funny, tragic story of Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand, fighting for justice after her daughter is brutally murdered. Seven months later and fed up of no answers and no further investigation into the crime by the Sheriff (Woody Harrelson), Mildred decides to take drastic measures to get her daughter’s case jump started again.
No heroes and villains, just people. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is packed full of truly spectacular people…
What makes this film truly spectacular and worthy of its Oscar win is that the script, direction and acting (especially Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes), combine beautifully to create these the realistic warts- and-all characters that you can empathise with, rather than the idealised black and white, one dimensional beings Hollywood usually shoves down our throats.
Mildred, who would normally be the ‘heroine’ in the story, makes some truly horrendous decisions that makes you question whether you should be sympathising with her, while the ‘villains’ make you cry, laugh and agonise for them.
This realistic, no filter, examination of human characters dealing with insurmountable tragedy, makes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri truly a breath of fresh air from many years of being fed unrealistic twaddle.
Take my advice and take the time to see this film on the big screen as the immersiveness of the cinema experience sucks you in and helps create an unforgettable experience.