Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

I FELL FOR THE RED HERRING. And I’m very disappointed with myself. I should have known better. I couldn’t enjoy the movie as much as I would’ve wanted to because I was totally focused on the wrong things throughout. Wasting my brain cells and missing out on the actual film experience…

For anyone who is intending to watch this film, please take note that this film, really isn’t about finding out who the culprit was, but rather, it’s about anger and compassion.¬†When you’re blinded by anger, you don’t see how your actions are irresponsible, you don’t see your childish and reckless behaviour. All it takes is for someone to show you an act of grace — to do something kind towards you when you least expected it — to wake you up from the spell you were under.

My daughter, Angela, was murdered seven months ago along this same stretch of road here. It seems to me the police department is too busy torturing black folks to solve actual crime. — Mildred Hayes

This movie had so many things I love in films:

  • Complex, realistic, well-developed and relatable characters
  • Unpredictable plot
  • Meaningful themes and symbolism
  • Memorable lines and traumatic scenes
  • Intense outbursts of anger

The only thing I can find fault with… was the CGI deer. It looked pretty fake and I was a tad distracted by that. Woke me up from my immersive film-watching experience.

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But my gosh, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell were insane. I loved their performances so much, they were so amazing and they truly earned all their award nominations and wins. I remember Frances McDormand well from Fargo. She really upped her game in this film, and I felt so empowered by her performance as Mildred Hayes. Sam Rockwell’s character started out as someone I really loathed, but he turned into a character that I respected and loved. This drastic change in my feelings towards the character made me feel emotions I’ve not felt in a long time. I can’t describe what Sam Rockwell has done to me but his character, Dixon, is someone I’ll never forget.

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A special shout-out to Peter Dinklage, you were great, and I loved your quirky yet heart-wrenching performance as James. Everyone should aim to play a meaningful character no matter how big or small their role is. You sure showed them how it’s meant to be done!

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I highly recommend Three Billboards if you’re looking for a meaningful film to watch. Despite the seemingly heavy themes, this film actually had many scenes that were humourous in a dark and satirical way. I somehow remember myself laughing a lot. So yeah, the tones were balanced throughout, it wasn’t a 2-hour depressing train ride.

Go watch it! Unlike The Post, this movie actually¬†measures up to the hype. Why else do you think they’re sweeping up all the awards?