Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Average Guy Movie Review3 min read

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Simon Appleton
Self-confessed film fanatic and Writer/Founder of Moustache Movie News - that's what you get for drawing a moustache on a poster at work, an angry boss...and a moustache themed movie blog.

When the murder of her daughter goes unsolved, Mildred (Frances McDormand) hires three billboards outside her home town to express her frustration. A move that polarises the town of Ebbing, Missouri and pits the entire police department against her – especially the infamous Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell). It’s a story of pain that comes from a lack of closure, from being denied justice. Despite her good intentions, Mildred’s actions start to have a detrimental effects on all those around her, including her son Robbie (Lucas Hedges) and Police Chief Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic tragedy from the man who brought us In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.

Writer/Director Martin McDonagh was inspired to write this story when – while travelling – he spotted three billboards reporting an unsolved crime. According to the director “the rage that put a bunch of billboards like that up was palpable and stayed with me.” Settling on the idea that it was a mother who was responsible for putting up those billboards, he began writing the script with both Frances McDormand in mind for the role of Mildred and Sam Rockwell for Officer Dixon. And even without seeing the movie it’s easy to see why. Both are brilliant actors with incredible range and versatility, they bring so much to these very grounded, three dimensional characters.

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McDormand portrays Mildred’s grief and anger beautifully. Her mission is her way of dealing with all that pain. At first, Dixon comes across as an angry, racist, idiot, but it becomes apparent that there is more to him than that. Chief Willoughby is a man dealing with a lot more than just an unsolved murder, and through Harrelson’s performance you can see how all of it weighs on him. The rest of the town folk, played by a tremendous supporting cast – including Caleb Landry Jones, Peter Dinklage, Clarke Peters and Željko Ivanek – are left divided by Mildred’s actions, and people on both sides suffer because of them.

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Simon Appleton

Simon Appleton

Self-confessed film fanatic and Writer/Founder of Moustache Movie News - that's what you get for drawing a moustache on a poster at work, an angry boss...and a moustache themed movie blog.

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