Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)
Following on from his darkly humorous In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Martin McDonagh delivers a film that dovetails the darkest of humour with a psychological examination of human pain and justice. Within a film that delves into the deepest reaches of guilt, family and prejudice in the small town of Ebbing Missouri.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri unapologetically pushes buttons with the viewer that boarder on discomfort. While layering the narrative with divine performances and moments of darkly rich humour. Grabbing the viewer by the throat and not letting go as each character is dissected in a town of secrets, lies and half truths. As we follow Mildred and her efforts to ensure the person who raped and murdered her daughter Angela is brought to justice. However, what defines Three Billboards as one of the greatest character studies of recent cinema is the complex journey each character takes. From the lazy and racist cop Jason Dixon, to the world weary and ill Chief Willoughby. Ultimately delivering a film that explores the ripples of change in community following violence and destruction. And the singular need to uncover the truth no matter of the person cost to the individual.