Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★

I knew it would be a wild ride from the very first tune.

Sam Rockwell was great as ever. The scene where Dixon attacks the billboard company might be my new favorite scene of the year. Such a great depiction of grief on film, and a microcosm of the whole film. Unhealthy grieving at its most unhealthy. The beautiful song, the unbroken shot, Sam Rockwell trying his hardest not be charming, Caleb Landry Jones taking the on-screen beating of a lifetime, and even some of the little comedic beats. It's all so wonderful. It's amazing how McDonaugh manages to get you to sympathize with both the attacker and the victim in this scene, I loved it.

Woody Harrelson's character was fantastic. I like that it wasn't a black v. white conflict between his character and McDormand's character. The letter he left her was hilarious. I liked how McDormand's character was illogical and flawed. A lot has been made about how in the past female characters needed to be likeable to be sympathetic. This movie destroys that notion. Mildred is a complete jerk to practically everyone she meets, and yet never lost my sympathy. I also liked how the flashback showed that she wasn't much different before her daughter died. The act of dying or losing someone close to you does not redeem you as a person, and this film showed that in many ways. Dinklage deserved more screen time.

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