Moira+I went to the Watershed this afternoon to see Martin McDonagh’s much-acclaimed film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”.
it involves a feud between a grieving mother, Mildred, (brilliantly played by
the wonderful Frances McDormand) and the local head of law enforcement (played
by the very impressive Woody Harrelson). Mildred is at her wit’s end… seven
months after the brutal rape and murder of her daughter and the police are no
nearer to solving the crime… everything has gone very quiet and, with no leads,
the police seem to have given up on the case. Mildred – who is very much a feisty,
no-nonsense character - is FAR from impressed. So, she sets about provoking the
local police with a series of messages plastered on three large billboards
outside her home town…
It’s probably best that I don’t say much more about how things pan out...
All I will say is that it’s a
brilliant, brilliant film.
is frighteningly convincing (and absolutely superb... both lovable and scary!) in her role and the
community police leader Chief Willoughby (Harrelson) is also quite remarkable.
I were chatting on our way home and she described the film’s plot as “almost
Shakespearean” and I think this is pretty much ‘spot on’.
of those films that almost defies description (ok, I’m not very good at
summarising these things!)… it’s tough, brutal, tender, beautiful,
compassionate, confrontational, shocking, dark and riotously funny… it deals
with social division in modern America and yet old assumptions are amazingly overturned.
It’s about changing attitudes and preconceptions. At times, I even found myself
mentally imploring the film (is that possible?) not to follow a particular
is full of wonderful cameo performances (frequently harebrained!),
laugh-out-moments, dramatic sensitivity… and surprises.
You just NEED to see it… it’s as
simple as that.
Oscar to Frances McDormand… no
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