Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 drama film written, produced and directed by Martin McDonagh, starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. The film tells the story of a mother who rents three billboards to draw attention to the rape and death of her daughter. Mildred Hayes (McDormand) who is grieving over the rape and murder of her daughter, gets angry over the insufficiency of progress in the investigation, rents three billboards and has them plastered with controversial messages.
Although this film is very violent and vulgar, it is extremely well done. Frances McDormand does outstandingly again as Mildred Hayes and makes the character so realistic, she was the perfect choice for this role. From Hayes’ anger, to violent acts, to even her little bit of caring- ness, she shines and proves why she can play such tough characters in such tough roles. She is worthy of every Best Lead Actress award for this film.
Woody Harrelson does quite well himself, as Chief Bill Willoughby. Although he doesn’t shine as much as Frances in this film, he does a terrific job and could easily win at one Best Lead Actor award for his role. Even though his character is short lived, he is still a very important character, that will never be forgotten. Bill is one that you either like or hate, just like Mildred.
This movie has a Coen Brothers style to it, but also with some beautiful scenery filled with folk music. But the movie could have a lot less foul language and maybe violence, but over all it is spectacular, despite all that. It is worthy of every Best Picture award. Some may say this film is an acquired taste, and maybe it is, but it’s still worth giving a shot. I’m glad I did, even though at first I didn’t get all the rave it receives, but now I do. 19+ 4.5/5