Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the story of Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother in Ebbing who lost her daughter seven months ago. When the police fail to bring justice to the culprit who raped and murdered Mildred’s daughter Angela, she rents three billboards near her home to protest against the police’s inaction. Mildred’s action brings discomfort to the town’s people as everyone likes the police chief but she stays firm amid everyone’s opposition.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the third feature film of Martin McDonagh as a writer and director. There are many filmmakers who make their villains likable but in Martin’s movies, there are no heroes or villains, everyone is a flawed human being, just like it is the case in real life. Since the theme of morality runs deeply in all of his movies, the capacity of every human to change is emphasized again and again. Even the purely evil characters have rules, even they get better. It’s for writing a script like that that has earned Martin McDonagh a Best Original Screenplay nomination at the 90th Academy Award.
But a well written screenplay is not the only good thing about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Brilliant performances by Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Caleb Landry Jones are the reason that the movie is getting praise from every critic and bagging a bunch of awards at every award show. Frances McDormand played the lead role and made you feel sad, guilty, and angry, with Mildred.
The film also has a beautiful cinematography and score. After winning big at Golden Globes and SAG Awards, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is looking at Oscars now where it’s nominated for seven awards in total including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor (for both Rockwell and Harrelson). The film has been named by various critics and magazines in their lists of top 10 films of 2017. All of that should convince everyone to watch Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri because it is not to be missed.