MOVIE REVIEW; THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

The Martin McDonagh written, directed and produced black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is all about performances. Three of the best you will see all year; Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. All will be up for leading acting awards this awards season. This is a powerful unpredictable film. The movie is a crazy ride of dark comedy, horrible tragedy, lots of anger, smartly executed and it makes you think. It's entertaining in a very odd way. It's about a mother going up against the police by herself in a small town to force them to get to the bottom of her daughter's murder.

McDormand is at her very best (and she's always good.) She just rolls like never before. Puts it all out there. Rockwell is at his very best (and he's always good.) This movie is not for eveyrone It's R Rated and so offbeat you have to like this sort of film. It is right up there this year with Dunkirk, The Post and The Shape of Water. It will make you laugh outloud and anger you completely - at the same time.

The story goes like this: Mildred (Frances McDormand) is a divorced single mother working in the small town in a gift shop in Ebbing, Missouri whose teenage daughter was raped and murdered (I know not the makings of a comedy you're thinking, but it does make you laugh in the first part of it) so she puts up three billboards because the police were not doing enough. The billboards say, "Raped while dying," "Seven months and no arrests," "How come, Chief Willoughby?" Chief Willoughby played by Woody Harrelson tries to calm her down while his police officers are upset with ehb billboards. Sam Rockwell is great playing Deputy Dixon who wants the billboards down. The small town turns on Mildred but she is righteous and does not mind. All characters are a mix of good and bad. The two man characters start as enemies and end up allies WArning: there is violence in this movie (assults, death, arson.)

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