Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

“What’s the law on what ya can and can’t say on a billboard?” – Mildred

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After a woman pays to put up three billboards questioning the work of the local police force, things start to go crazy in a small Missouri town.

My Take on it – I heard a few months ago that this was one of the best films of the year and I personally didn’t believe it because how could a film with such a long and seemingly obscure title be so great.

This film reminded me quite often of something that the Coen Brothers would have made [like Fargo (1996)] because they are able to create such an amazing story by using great characters who are unpredictable in what they will eventually do.

The story is wonderfully layered that so much of what we think will happen changes along the way and it reaches a point where we are just awestruck by where things have reached because they seem to have totally spun out of control.

In hindsight tho, the paths chosen and taken are clearly the right ones because it all works so well.

The cast is superb and I doubt that there are many actors that could have done better jobs with any of the three lead roles than Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell did.

I truly hope that all three of them get multiple nominations for their roles here and manage to also take home some awards for them because they are all created so perfectly.

Each of there performances accentuate that life itself is unpredictable and can take any of us on a oath we never imagined we would take.

This film gives the viewer so much to ponder after the credit role and it makes you want to see it again right away in case you perhaps missed something along the way.

This film is proof that you shouldn’t judge a film just by its title because you could be extremely surprised at the issues that they present which could ultimately uncover such a deep and interesting story.

I truly can’t wait to see this one again and hope (as of now) that it is strong enough to win Best Picture at both the Oscars and Globes this year.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing film that is as of now my favorite film of the year.  The characters are all deeply layered that you really never know what they will eventually end up doing as events start to spin out of control. The cast is superb with McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell all giving career performances that help us realize the complexities of life. The story itself moves in ways that are so unpredictable and when looking at in all in hindsight, it is brilliantly created.  Feels like something the Coen Brothers would have made (and that’s a compliment) and it gives the viewer so much to ponder even long after its over because they leave us with so many things to think about.  The title of this film might seem strange, but this film is proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover and that you really need to dive into the issues presented here to uncover such a deeply fulfilling and interesting story. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Frances McDormand was hesitant to take the role when it was offered, but was eventually convinced by her husband, Joel Coen: “Because at the time he gave it to me I was 58… I was concerned that women from this socioeconomic strata did not wait until 38 to have their first child. So we went back and forth and we debated that quite for a while, and then finally my husband said, ‘Just shut up and do it.'” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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