Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri: Winner of 3 BAFTAs.

This film is a visceral powerhouse. From the acting to the narrative, no punches are pulled. The emotional weight this film and its characters carry is insane. The contemporary and mature themes explored have to be admired. This is a must watch.

Synopsis: A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit

This plot sounds pretty mundane, something that has been done hundreds of times before. Maybe it has, but not like this.

Without a doubt, this is one of Frances McDormands’ greatest films. Her portrayal of a heartbroken mother trying to discover her daughter’s murderer is inspiring and nuanced. This is evident throughout a myriad of emotional sub-plots. She is also a fucking badass.

The supporting actors, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Caleb Landry Jones really solidifies an all-star performance. Each character, some likeable, some detestable, all really hold their own and deliver an authentic performance.

The story never feels long or bloated, each scene progresses the narrative and character arc; the fixation on the characters, rather than the plot, is what makes this film excel.

Martin McDonagh has created a masterpeice here. The films explores topics such as rape, police brutality, domestic abuse and oppression, yet at times this film can be hilarious. Tonally, this film feels similar to his previous outstanding film, In Bruges.

Certain scenes critique the obvious systematic racism and police brutality within the American police force. In no way does shy away from sensitive issues. A topic that is all-too-present in current times.

The film definitely carries an undertone of redemption, and drives characters’ arcs. The way this has been directed, like most good drama, has a fulfilling sense of catharsis.

To take nothing away from this, this film can be depressing. It can equally be intriguing, hilarious, terrifying and engrossing. This film will open your eyes in many ways. It will shock you. Most of all, this film will leave you with a sense of wonder and deep appreciation.

5 stars

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