🎥 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 2017 Director - Martin McDonagh
✔ The excellent balance between dark comedy and profound drama. The ability to juggle serious with humour is becoming a signature of director, Martin McDonagh.
✔ In Three Billboards we are treated to fantastic performances by (in my opinion) three of the greatest talents in cinema right now. Frances Mcdormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson have fantastic chemistry, and their performances are the driving force behind this one.
❌ The ambiguous ending. Although the door was left open for a potential sequel, the films climax felt a little rushed and lazy.
🤓 Martin McDonagh wrote the screenplay with with Frances Mcdormand in mind for the lead role.
🤓 There is no town in Missouri named Ebbing
At it's foundation, Three Billboards is a story about three people losing control, and how they cope with their individual spiral into despair. While the story's main focus is on the magnifcent Frances McDormand, we see the ripple effect of her actions, and the impact it has on Harrelson and Rockwell. What ensues is an emotional, yet hilarious rollercoaster about loss, relationships, revenge and the emotional spectrum that makes us human. The balance between tragedy and comedy is utterly compelling, and the performances by the three central actors, fully deserved academy recognition. Martin McDonagh is quickly making a huge name for himself, and this, following the brilliant In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, certainly justifies him being one of Hollywood's most sought after directors. Funny yet emotional, shocking yet heartfelt - Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri is a great all rounder, that advertises the vast array of human emotion. 7.5/10
Writing credit: @scribblesbyemma