Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri seemed to dominate the BAFTAs this year, with awards going to Frances McDormand for Best Actress, Sam Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor, and it even won the biggest award of the night, Best Film. It’s been hyped for its incredible acting, writing and story – but do I think it lives up to the hype?
I went to see the film a few weeks ago without really knowing a great deal about it apart from that Frances McDormand is in it, so this was another film I was going into without having many expectations or opinions. Here’s what I thought!
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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
🎬 UK Release: 12th January 2018
🎬 Director: Martin McDonagh
🎬 Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones
The hype around Three Billboards was massive, and it took me by surprise just how many people were saying how amazing it was. I’d barely heard of it until I saw an advert for it (on a big roadside billboard, funnily enough – a very apt way to hear about it)!
When critics and the public go crazy for a film, positively or negatively, I always like to see the film myself to I can make up my own mind. So, to be honest, that was one of the only reasons I decided to go and see Three Billboards.
My first thoughts were that it seemed to have a great indie film vibe (maybe because it’s Fox Searchlight), but still with high production values. The only thing I can remember ever seeing Frances McDormand in is Madeleine where she plays a nun who owns an orphanage, so I thought it’d be weird to see her in a completely different light! It looked funny, dark and with a great cast, so I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about.
Expected Rating: 4 stars
Wow, okay… everyone was right. Three Billboards is SUCH a good film and I didn’t expect to love it so much! I went to see it with my friend Joely, and we talked about how we both sat throughout the whole film in utter shock, happiness, sadness, and a whole load of other emotions. My opinion is that, if a film can make you feel all of those things in just a couple of hours, then it’s a damn good film.
The entire cast was incredible, and Frances McDormand definitely deserves an Oscar nomination (maybe even a win, but who knows. She won the BAFTA, so let’s see if she can pull off the Oscar, too!) One person I thought was especially outstanding was Sam Rockwell, who played a very strange police officer. I don’t want to really tell you anything about him because he’s so pivotal to the story, so if you want to see it, I won’t ruin any surprises.
There were so many crazy twists that I didn’t see coming. Sometimes, in a film like this I can tell what the big twists are going to be and it can get a bit boring and predictable. But with Three Billboards, the twists came as such a shock and and I couldn’t stop thinking about them for hours after I left the cinema.
Three Billboards is dark, gritty and very tense, but it’s filled with so many light moments that lift your spirits when you think it’s getting a bit depressing. My opinions of the characters were all over the place; I loved a character and then hated them, or hated a character and grew to love them. The story is also so unexpectedly funny – there were so many bits that made everyone laugh, which is great when the film gets a bit dark!
I’d definitely recommend Three Billboards for those who love dark comedy, suspicious crimes, and an awesomely incredible cast.
What did you think of this film? Do you think it lives up to the crazy hype, or was it just okay?
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