An angry woman’s descent into madness! A total dick’s redemption!
BQB here with a review of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Seven months after the rape and murder of her daughter, Mildred (Frances McDormand) provides the town’s police department with a sign (actually, three) of her displeasure in their handling of the case.
In doing so, she calls out Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) by name, much to the anger of the townsfolk who love this pillar of the community.
As the conflict ensues, Mildred’s righteous anger causes her to engage in increasingly worse activity.
Meanwhile, Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), a total douche of a human being, locks horns with Mildred due to his loyalty to Willoughby. Along the way, his behavior gets better.
Thus, the main questions of the film. Is it possible for a grieving mother to go too far in the name of righting a wrong? Is it possible for a man who has been horrible his whole life to redeem himself in a single act of bravery?
The movie is definitely unique in its ability to weave drama with dark, dark, incredibly dark (nearly pitch black) comedy. At times, there are plot holes. Frankly, one wonders how Dixon and Mildred are able to get away with all the mayhem they cause as their bitter feud unfolds.
I’ve heard some negative reviews from movie critics, but I enjoyed it and found it to be a good study of the difficulties of the human condition, how life is difficult, how we often think we need to do things to “get even” before we can move on but how those things rarely improve a bad situation.
While “Darkest Hour,” in my opinion, tells a historically important lesson about resilience against an enemy, I think “Three Billboards” is the most moving film I’ve seen out of the Oscar nominated pack.
Still, they’ll probably give the gold to the film about the fish fucker.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Rent it today.