• James Rutherford

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': A Dynamic and Stunningly Original Dark Comedy


Movie poster for the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the bold and darkly humorous story of a Missouri woman named Mildred (Frances McDormand) who is so frustrated by her local police’s inability to identify her daughter’s killer that she posts three large billboards on the outskirts of town—calling out Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) for his department’s failures.


Mildred's actions spark outrage in the community, inciting consternation from citizens and engendering the wrath of dangerously disturbed Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) who fumes at her daring escapade. Their fierce opposition to one another leads them down a winding path of confrontation and volatile encounter, culminating in an eye-opening and altogether unexpected resolution.


Written and directed by noted Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges", "Seven Psychopaths"), "Three Billboards" is a wonderfully original and wickedly enjoyable black comedy, bound to energize and galvanize the viewer at an emotional level. McDonagh is at the top of his game crafting exhilarating, one-of-a-kind storylines such as this, that veer at nearly every turn from expectation, leaving the viewer nearly breathless with surprise and emotional entanglement.

 

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