Grief can cloud the waters, but it also allows for genuine focus of clarity…
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri truly speaks to the anger and frustration in the current cultural ethos and the genuine need for compassion and understanding in order to overcome it all.
It’s been months of silence in the wake of her daughter’s murder and Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) decides it’s time to make a bold move and spur on some action. Renting three billboards leading in to town calling out Police Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) for the police’s in effectiveness in finding the killer. However when his hot headed second in command (Sam Rockwell) gets involved the conflict and the drama in this small town ramps up to epic proportions.
From writer/director Martin McDonagh who has a track record for telling some pretty upfront stories, damn near delivers a master stroke of emotion here capturing the general frustrations of the fact that the issues of right and wrong are often much more complicated then they need to be. It’s a beautifully shot narrative that is rife with the raw human emotion that far too often we bottle up in polite society, it hit that right nerve and it leans on it harder then we could have imagined thanks to a fearless performance from Frances McDormand and some strong support players who send her flying into one of her best appearance on film.
Three Billboards is the pulse of a society and it demands an audience.