Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★½

CW: rape

Also: spoilers? Whatever.

This had me then it lost me then it had me then it lost me again, yet I was still pretty hooked come the end. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to feel with its use of rape as a plot device without actually making much of a comment on crimes against women. There were so many instances of sexual violence and intimidation in this film but it never really made a statement about how fucked up it all was—it all just made you really uncomfortable for little to no reason. Woody (who conveniently ignores the seriousness of the off-screen torture of a black man???) I loved but also did not love because, well, what I said in those parentheses. Also, Three Billboards’ handling of race was just so asdfgjkldllcld. Throwing in a black police chief does not make your movie woke. Damn it. I was beyond thrown by this movie. Oscar Wilde???? What the hell. Holy shit. 

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