By Livi Edmonson (Auburn, AL)

 

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: The most relentless film of all time.

Currently on route to winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows grieving mother, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), as she stops at nothing to find her daughter’s murder/rapist. She decides to take action by buying three huge billboards, in order to send a heated message to Ebbing’s local policemen, and one policeman in particular: Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), who seems like he could care less about finding the case’s culprit.

When Chief Willoughby’s insanely immature, second-in-command, Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), gets involved, Mildred’s spark of growing anger soon turns into a wildfire of fury, frightening everyone in the small town of Ebbing, Missouri as she furthers her plans for revenge.

The 2018 awards season has definitely been packed full of strong female performances and Frances McDormand’s role in this film is nothing short of a strong of that, let me tell you.

McDormand has already won Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards a handful of times this season and audiences can expect nothing less as she takes on the Oscars in two weeks. Though there are many fantastic contenders in the “Best Actress” category this year, Frances McDormand’s role as this feisty, vengeful mother will undoubtedly have her taking home all of the gold.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is rated R for its frequent use of horrible language and of course, its scenes of violence and gore. But, if you are an adult who enjoys a hard-core drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat, don’t let these certain elements keep you away from seeing this movie.

It has been a very long time since I have seen a movie like this that has such great characters that keep me intrigued at all times by every single one of their moves, words, and even facial expressions. This is a star-studded cast playing characters with the utmost, intoxicating complexity you have ever seen.

This is by no means, a happy movie. In fact, there is nothing happy about it at all. But with a brilliant, articulate screenplay like this and actors that hold up the entire film by just their emotions, it is hard to ask for more when it comes to enjoying this film.

We have seen the man versus small town plot many, many times in cinema, and even real life. But what sets Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri apart from its assumed genre is that this time, audiences get to see the woman versus small town plot. This is wildly refreshing in that it shows people that like any person, a woman’s actions speak way louder than her words.
What this also teaches us is that when you tell a strong woman she can’t do something, she’s going to do it anyways and that’s just the way it is.

In conclusion, Three Billboards will definitely go down in my book as one of the most fantastic films I have ever seen. It is rightfully deserving of your time and money and I highly recommend it to anyone who keeps up with awards season because let’s be honest: the chance of it winning “Best Picture” this year is about 99%.

Rating: 5/5

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