Oscar alert! I'm saying it now, this is gonna be a major player. Or at least, I very much hope so because this movie was absolutely brilliant. Let's just get right into it.
Written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), Francess McDormand, godess of the silverscreen, stars as a woman who is frustrated that her daughter's murder has gone on for months without any movement towards catching the perp. She rents out a set of billboards in town to publicly question the local sheriff as to why he's let the case go cold. The small town she lives in is none too happy about that.
We'll start with the screenplay. In a way that only McDonagh can do, he brilliantly balances some biting comedy and intense subject matter. There's a dark tone that hovers over the whole thing as it weaves back and forth between the humor and the drama. That right there should earn it some screenplay love come awards season.
Then there's the cast. This is McDormand's best role since Fargo. I expect some major awards love coming her way. Her character was so strong willed and stubborn and McDormand sunk her teeth right in. You could see her relishing the sarcastic snapbacks and losing herself in the emotional moments. Watching her is a master class in acting.
She wasn't the only standout. Sam Rockwell, whom I've adored since Choke also had his best role in years. His character toed the line between the two sides of the screenplay. His not-too-bright deputy brought a lot of the humor, but he also had one of the biggest dramatic arcs in the film. He'd dance between both aspects with an expert ease.
This movie is in a pretty limited release, but if you have a chance to see it, you absolutely must. I'm pretty confident it's gonna end up in my top five for the year.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/