Vincent's Views

Home » Uncategorized » Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri-movie-6

Martin McDonagh’s third feature is touching, moving, darkly humorous and deeply tragic. This seemingly contradictory concoction is expressed through a beautifully measured and exquisitely designed portrait of small town America. Ebbing, Missouri is a town where everyone knows everyone and the major advertising agency, police station and popular bar are within walking distance of each other. Yet it is also a deeply troubled and fractured town. These fractures are foreshadowed in the opening shots, where DOP Ben Davis captures the dilapidated titular billboards, the frame sliced with the supporting struts much as the town is sliced through with mistrust and resentment. For the most part, the direction follows this unobtrusive approach, until a long take expresses the eruption of previously contained violence. This violence is key to its perpetrator, who like all the characters is superbly realised both by McDonagh’s merciless yet tender script, and an array of mighty performances from the entire cast. From incidental figures such as the pretty but oblivious Penelope (Samara Weaving) to supporting characters like James (Peter Dinklage) who cynically embraces the label of ‘town midget’, to the three leads of Mildred (Frances McDormand), Police Chief William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and Officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell), all the people in this tale are rounded, engaging and brilliantly flawed figures. Mistakes are made, judgements held and everyone is wracked with anger, pain and loss. Yet there is also compassion, care and love, both between characters and for the film’s world as a whole. For all its harshness and tragedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a wonderfully human story, offering emotional peaks and troughs as well as a subtle socio-political commentary as it gives voice to a largely neglected part of America.

Advertisements

9 Comments

  1. […] clearly the guy to cast if you want nominations for your film after Manchester By The Sea and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) seems ideal but features more than meets the eye; Kyle Scheible (Timothée Chalamet, also clearly […]

  2. […] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (predicted winner)  […]

  3. […] without words, while Saoirse Ronan managed to make a potentially infuriating character endearing. Frances McDormand also expresses everything about her remarkable character through every part of her performance, and […]

  4. […] Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri […]

  5. […] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh (predicted winner) […]

  6. […] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory  […]

  7. […] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell […]

  8. […] wanted The Shape of Water to win Best Picture but expected that award to go to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Over the course of the show, deviations from my expectations made that less likely, beginning with […]

  9. […] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: