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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(2017)
8.13
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Plot/Story

7.00

Characters

9.00

Acting

10.00

Cinematography

8.00

Production Design

9.00

Sound

8.00

Execution

7.00

Emotional Impact

7.00

Overview: After seven 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 Bill Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Jason Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Director: Martin McDonagh

Release Date: 2017-11-10

Genres: Crime Drama


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Three Billboards is great movie, but I was definitely left wanting more from the story. All of the acting is perfect (except for all of Woody Harrelson's voice overs which are devoid of emotion) and the cinematography isn't bad. The trailers paint a picture of either trying to solve the mystery behind who killed Frances McDormand's daughter or Frances McDormand Vs the Ebbing Police Department. What we get is a sprinkle of both, but not enough of either. Three Billboards is almost two hours long, but it feels like the fist hour and half are an extended pilot and the last thirty minutes were a hastily drawn conclusion. It was never boring, but I don't feel like I watched two hours worth of story. We mostly get Frances McDormand in grief and anger and a few other side-plots that spin off but are largely unimportant. It's not really about the case. It's not really about the billboards. It's mostly about grief with a few other scenes thrown in. It's unpredictable and defies cliches, but we get so many scenes that just don't matter. I guess I want more focus? I want to see the police pressured into the case or at least get more about why it's gone dormant (we get a bit from Woody, but it's minimal) or I want more anamosity between Frances McDormand and the cops. I love these characters and the underlying story is compelling, but it doesn't play out how I wanted it to. You can probably put most of the blame on the trailers or me expecting a movie to be exactly like the trailers say it will be and you'd probably be right,.

By : Greg Mueller | Date : 1 month ago