Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri A Film Review

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri after only a few minutes becomes  a story of real  people living their  anger, pain, loss, illness, and even dark  humor  before our eyes.    In fact, the audience shares in their reactions  as we are also  called to view these emotions and events through our own experiences.  How sympathetic  and empathetic am I to others pain and grief?

Martin McDonagh’s award winning screenplay is tightly written with quick retorts and insight even  from  raised eye brows and quick smirks.  His writing has not a word to waste like the playwright he is.  In fact, I decided to see the film because McDonagh wrote In Bruges  one of my favorite films from years past which has  great character development in the story  of Irish hit men.  Collin Farrell was in his best role and performance and I think that happened because he was allowed to be the actor and person he is.

Frances McDormand who is best known as the police officer in the film Fargo  gives a stellar performance. McDormand plays Mildred whose daughter, Angela, was murdered and after months and months no arrests or even leads have come forth.  Mildred decides to rent three billboards to embarrass and spur the sheriff to action in this unsolved case.  Ironically, a film with this story would have been the plot  of solving the crime in the film.  But the story is about several of the small town people and how they live with their emotions. The  murder becomes the back story.

The film has already been nominated for a Golden Globe and received the highest award at the prestigious Venice Film Festival with  an enthusiastic seven minute standing ovation.

If you like thoughtful films with  examples of people with real life pain, loss, anger, and understanding of how others are coping, I strongly recommend and give it five stars

* * * * * The image above is the heart of the film where Mildred talks to the sheriff  and she understands and feels the pain and loss he is also feeling.

Certainly this is a lesson I need to remember and not just  be selfishly consumed in my own situation. We all want mercy and should  remember others do as well.

The language is rough and crude and prevalent. Sadly we have all come to expect  that but I feel obligated to mention it.



About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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4 Responses to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri A Film Review

  1. ksbeth says:

    i have really wanted to see this. thanks for your review )

    Liked by 1 person

  2. annetbell says:

    Reblogged this on TalesAlongTheWay and commented:

    I decided to reblog my review after this raw film won three of the top awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Best Actress, Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor Sam Rockwell and, the top prize of Best Film. If you enjoy clear writing and quick dialogue, recognizable characters and experiential life development, you won’t be disappointed
    * * * * * An enthusiastic five star endorsement.


  3. rajdeepsikder says:

    Tbh, your review is really compact and neatly structured. Please keep it up. Do check mine at –


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