An unconventional crime drama with all-round terrific performances.
Mildred’s teenage daughter was raped and murdered months ago. But Ebbing is a sleepy town and the local police are busy collecting parking fines. Mildred, fed up with their inaction, hires three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, to get their attention.
‘Raped while dying’, ‘And still no arrests?’, ‘How come, Chief Willoughby?’, cry out Mildred’s billboards. Soon, the whole town is on fire and Mildred, despite facing the heat from all sides, sticks to her messaging.
The plot is not a typical cat-and-mouse between the criminal and the law. Instead, the flick focuses on the social drama unfolding in the town as a result of Mildred’s drastic action. The going is slow but interesting not because of the unpredictability of the events but of the people involved.
Frances MacDormand as Mildred is a definite contender for the Oscars. Woody Harrelson as Chief Willoughby is impressive but his exceptional performance in The Glass Castle will earn him a nomination if this one doesn’t. And Sam Rockwell is at his wonky best as always.
The flick also has a really unconventional ending but the thorough underplay throughout the flick justifies it.
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