Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Dir. Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Dir. Martin McDonagh
My daughter Angela was murdered 7 months ago, it seems to me the police department is too busy torturing black folk to solve actual crimes.
— Mildred, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Stars: Francis McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Zeljko Ivanek, Clarke Peters, Kathryn Newton, Sandy Martin.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh

Black humour is at its greatest when set in reality. Three Billboards is reality which is so accurate it hits a nerve. Procedural police work is messy, takes time, and can lead to nothing especially in small town Missouri. This film takes on the task to tell the horrific tragedy of rape & murder in a society that ever rarely protects its victims. The restless anger that McDormand (playing Mildred Hayes) is able to imbue into the film as its opposition makes no satisfying movement to help her plea for an arrest that is beautifully queried in bold black text against three red billboards.

Every actor is on top form, with the Harrelsonisms, Rockwellisms, and McDormandisms it is actually too perfect to a point that its a tad annoying and obvious. However just as it gets to that edge of self parody, a left field story arch flips the script and takes it to new territories.

This film is not about perfect people, hell its not even about good people. It is simply about people and most of the time we tend to suck and insult each other more than we should. McDonagh does not shy away from unattractive characters in which we cannot easily empathise with but allows the pot to boil over and let the worst come to the surface but in a very compelling way.

The wit of this film it brilliant, the timing of the actors are award worthy, and all rapists, murderers and racists can go to hell.

★ ★ ★ ★