(9.5/10) – My Rating
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Director and writer Martin McDonagh deserves a lot of praise for this dramatic dark comedy he created. The story follows a rather distraught mother played by Frances McDormand dealing with the tragic death of her daughter. In doing so she ends up going after the police to make sure they are doing all they can to find her daughters killer. Each and every character was written broken and flawed which made for excellent moments of redemption amongst the cast.
It is hard to say which of the three main cast members deserves the most praise. McDormand gives her best performance since “Fargo.” Woody Harrelson who plays the town sheriff gives his best performance to date. Lastly, Sam Rockwell has become a serious front runner for the Oscar. Most of the supporting cast gives strong performances as well.
Just about every aspect of this film is near flawless. The only thing keeping this from a perfect score was a small role. Abbie Cornish who played Harrelson’s wife seemed to be entirely out of place. It’s hard to tell if she just acted poorly in the role or the character was written poorly, but her character just rubbed me the wrong way. Luckily, her part is very limited. Overall, the movie is incredible.
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