Title: 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Runtime: 1 hr 55 mins
What It Is: A year ago Mildred’s (McDormand) daughter was raped, and burned to death. The Ebbing, Missouri police department has in Mildred’s opinion given up on the case. In order to light a fire in them, she purchases the space on three billboards near her home right outside of Ebbing. On them, she calls out Ebbing Police Chief William Willoughby (Harrelson) for their apathy towards the brutal and violent murder of her daughter.
What We Think: Frances McDormand is the obvious frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar. I spoke to someone at San Diego Film Festival who had seen the film prior and they stated this sentiment to me. I didn’t believe him but after seeing the film I’m a firm believer. She is the everything to this film. It’s moral compass its heart and soul. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are also great the former so good he’ll be in the Best Supporting Actor race come January. This one is equal parts gut-punching and poignant as it is hilarious. Never does the humor overwhelm, instead it offers the perfect balance of everything that makes cinema great.
Our Grade: A+, One of 2017’s very best and a film that’ll haunt from the first frame to the last moment. This will certainly be a big winner come Oscar time and it without a doubt will be in the conversation for the best film I’ve seen in 2017. Currently, the film is in limited and I can not recommend this film any higher. Go out and see this whenever it’s near you. Feel free to discuss it with us on Instagram and Twitter and thanks to the San Diego Film Festival for letting us check this film out a month early.