After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon -- an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence -- gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges
Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references
Genres: Crime, Drama
Runtime: 1h 55min
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a challenging pitch black dramdey that’s engaging throughout even if it never offers any clear answers or resolutions to it’s story. Martin McDonagh has experience dealing with deeply flawed characters with some humor mixed in, something he did wonderfully in In Bruges. Martin McDonagh deals with similarly troubled character here even if he doesn’t quiet work the same alchemy he pulled off with In Bruges. McDonagh film mostly works even though the tonal shifts are occasionally jarring. Its anchor throughout is Frances McDormand who is simply a force of nature throughout. Her performance is even more impressive since she’s pulls it off fairly effortlessly. Woody Harrelson is always a welcome sight and he’s on his game here, sadly he’s only in the film’s first third and the film misses his presences afterward. Sam Rockwell is solid throughout even if the character fairly unlikable. There’s a bit of a redemption arch presented but it’s a slightly strange message since his character is referenced as having done terrible things before the story starts. The film is filled those kind of challenging contradictions and it can occasionally be difficult but the performances make it worthwhile.