Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

By Nathan Richard

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri floored me. Director Martin McDonagh’s latest magnificently handles mature and relevant topics and themes, and it is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.

To begin, Frances McDormand is flat-out phenomenal here; she gives a tour-de-force performance that will definitely be recognized come Oscar time. Sam Rockwell is equally fantastic and gives the best performance of his career so far. There are many layers and a lot of complexity to his character but he pulls it off exceptionally well. Everyone in the cast is nothing short of great: Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage all give memorable performances.

Matching the quality of the acting, Martin McDonagh’s script is incredibly well-written. The way it handles its themes, conveys its messages, and puts a great amount of depth put into the central characters is impeccable. The way McDonagh melds black comedy and tragedy together is seamless and couldn’t have been done any better. This is by far the best screenplay of the entire year.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a fantastic film, one that will stick with me for a very long time. I won’t be surprised when this scores some Oscars.

Rating: 5/5