Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Critic Consensus: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama -- and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.
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Sound too bleak? For some, perhaps. But in McDonagh's careful hands, it's a Cirque du Soleil-like tightrope walk, gracefully balancing the harrowing with the humorous.
But while that is a rage that's exhilarating to witness, it's a rage that's not available to everyone. Just as not everyone in Ebbing can claim the protection of being considering "good," we still don't live in a world where everyone gets to be angry.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells the story of a woman emulating God's vengeance when she might profit more by emulating his forgiveness, especially toward herself.
McDonagh works way too hard to inject nearly every scene with his patented solution of acid wit and dark-roast comedy... It's jarringly effective until it starts to feel like shtick, at which point it works only as a numbing agent.
Despite McDonagh's cinematic hyperbole, it's the strength of the performances from McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell that keeps "Three Billboards" sturdily anchored in a compellingly rendered reality.
Audience Reviews for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
From the ground up simply a superb production, a rumination on the benefits of forgiveness, and also revenge. Led by Frances McDormand who does more with a single look than most can do with a whole monologue, the ensemble cast (with a crackerjack script) keep you guessing the whole time. You'll return to this one many times.
Relying on a wonderful cast, Martin McDonagh creates a film full of compassion about lost characters struggling to find meaning for their wrecked existences. Full review on filmotrope. com
The praise of McDormand and Rockwell at this year's oscars has been well deserved given their powerhouse performances here. They're not the only characters that work really great here. The plot is pretty smart and takes some unexpected turns as well. A moving, relevant, funny and tragic story.
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