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The movie title is misleading. The high level summary of the movie story didn't sound interesting to me. But after watching the movie, it's the script & the characters that makes the movie worth watching. If you've never been on the receiving end of prejudice or bullying then you may not relate to this movie. For me, it was nice to see the victim(s) standing up for justice & slowly seeing other people/bystanders stand up for justice. Some clever cinematography like panning down the back edge of a wooden billboard ... camera peeking forward from behind - film texture. FrancesM is awesome. My 1st time seeing Woody act in a serious/injured role - not bad. My 1st time seeing PeterD play a lonely, shy, vulnerable guy asking someone out on a date. Despite the dark topic, there are funny bits & just enough silliness to not make this movie a complete downer. Again, great script. "... Anger ... begets greater anger ..." "Penelope said 'Begets'?" (The short film in the Bonus material was weird. The young crazy dude reminds me of a young Brad Pitt.)
I did not enjoy this film, although some of my favourite actors are in it. There is too much polemic, having to do with race relations in Missouri, male chauvinism, police brutality and I don't know what else. The midget from Game of Thrones is in the cast, to show how callously the disabled are treated; it's a pity he has so little to do because he's a good actor.
At times I thought I was watching a Monty Python sketch, so loony was the action. A character with a beef against the police throws Molotov cocktails at the police station--really! I just felt sorry for Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and all the other good actors in this lumpish movie.
Frances McDormand playing Olive Kitteridge, again, Woody Harrelson playing Woody Harrelson, a script that's hilarious when it's trying to be serious, pathetic when it's trying to be funny, acting that reflects sitcom characters not people, all larded over with language that seems to be designed to produce a certain ambience, a sort of low-life, hick setting but manages to sound only like a trashy, self-published attempt at a novel. A complete misfire.
Written, directed and produced by Martin McDonagh in 2017, this dark crime-drama delves into the struggle of a woman who calls attention to her daughter's unsolved rape and murder.
Although some people consider this as a dark comedy, I cannot find anything that much funny.
Superb are the performances of the veteran actors---Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.
However, the script appears ill-contrived with an unfinished ending.
Although Three Billboards generally received high ratings, when it first came out, a group of audience members and critics who should have known better lost their collective minds. What, a film with some racist characters set in the U.S. South that was not About! Racism!? No black central character? No unmitigated baddies? No courtroom scene catharsis, like in A Time to Kill and To Kill a Mockingbird? While never quite admitting it, they were expecting predictable "good for you" Oscar bait. Another group refused to see it at all, because they assumed it WAS classic Oscar bait, and a simple-minded guilt trip about racism. Because Martin McDonagh, author of the Tony Award nominated The Pillowman and director of In Bruges is all about Oscar bling. Honestly, the slightest familiarity with his work would have told them to expect the unexpected. So if that sounds intriguing, pack those preconceptions away, and enjoy the brilliant Three Billboards. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won Academy Awards, and they were well deserved.
Film exceeded my expectations. dialogue from the film: "I was thinking 'bout those street gangs they had down in Los Angeles, those Crips and those Bloods? I was thinking about that buncha new laws they came up with, in the 1980's I think it was, to combat those street-gangs, those Crips and those Bloods. And, if I remember rightly, the gist of what those new laws were saying was if you join one of these gangs, and you're running with 'em, and down the block one night, unbeknownst to you, one of your fellow Crips, or your fellow Bloods, shoot up a place, or stab a guy, well then, even though you didn't know nothing about it, and even though you may've just been standing on a streetcorner minding your own business, what these new laws said was you're still culpable.
You're still culpable, by the very act of joining those Crips, or those Bloods, in the first place. Which got me thinking, Father, that whole type of situation is kinda like your Church boys, ain't it? You've got your collars, you've got your clubhouse, you're, for want of a better word, a gang. And if you're upstairs smoking a pipe and reading a bible while one of your fellow gang members is downstairs fucking an altar boy then, Father, just like those Crips, and just like those Bloods, you're culpable. Cos you joined the gang, man. And I don't care if you never did shit or you never saw shit or you never heard shit. You joined the gang. You're culpable. And when a person is culpable to altar-boy-fucking, or any kinda boy-fucking, I know you guys didn't really narrow that down, then they kinda forfeit the right to come into my house and say anything about me, or my life, or my daughter, or my billboards. (Martin McDonagh )
don't mess with Mother love /// and also, this film actually challenges us to own what we condone. Throughout the challenge to passive denial cuts through for those with ears eyes and intellect to discern. A challenge to personal responsibility throughout. The message I got was, what are you condoning sitting passively by and denying any fault in the whatnot. You get it, I'm out, watch it and see if you squirm a little bit any parents out there? ........ love pce
I agree with the person who said ‘Just-So-Bad’. I think all of the actors were really trying, but the script didn’t give them a chance. They all started out overly stupid and then suddenly became wise and caring individuals? Huh? I don’t mind swearing when it serves a purpose, but the use of language here left me wondering why?
I’m not sure why this is billed as a dark comedy - I didn’t see any attempts at humor at all.
This was trying to be a Coen Brothers flick but fell way short.
Meh. Mostly watched it for McDormand and being set in MO, which it wasn't. There was almost no Missouri flavour to it, except McDormand's character, and only people from here will get that. Otherwise they should have just called it Three Billboards in Sylvia, NC. Neither script nor story is any good, just an amateur Coen Bros wanna be. The director and cast did a good job of overcoming the crappy story.
Just . . . so. . . bad. Clearly many people don't agree and think this is a GREAT movie. I just don't get it. This movie wanted to be Fargo, wanted it so bad, but failed miserably. Fargo had a crime and a lot of nutty people, but the nutty people were believable. Most of the people in this movie do things for no apparent reason. They are nutty not because it is an intrinsic part of their characters, but just so the movie can have nutty people in it. There is a little person in the movie (and he is constantly referred to as a "dwarf" or "midget") for no apparent reason. The old geezer police chief has an incredibly young wife with an English accent for no apparent reason. The ex-husband's young girlfriend is portrayed as embarrassingly stupid, again for no apparent reason. There are huge plot holes. Just for instance, does this town not have a city council or a mayor? Apparently the police and citizens are free to do exactly as they please with no outside interference and just solve their disputes with various acts of violence. Everybody gets mad at the mother for putting up the billboards because everybody loves the dying police chief. So why are he and the other cops so mad? They get more support from the town, not less, as a result of the billboards. The new police chief watches the "bad cop" throw a guy out a window and beat him almost to death and fires him but does not arrest him? The mother burns down the police station and a guy is horribly burned but the new police chief just takes the word of another citizen that he was with her at the time and doesn't investigate her any further? The "bad cop" gets a postmortem letter from the old police chief urging him to be a better person and immediately reforms? This extremely small and isolated town has a large gift shop which provides employment for the owner AND the mother? It costs $5000 a month to rent old falling-down billboards on a road nobody drives on? Etc., etc. etc.
Wow. I didn't quite expect such a dark, funny and raw movie about a touchy subject. Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand were amazing.
saw This in the theatre, and can understand why it was Oscar nominated. I didn’t particularly like so much swearing, but if you can get by that, the acting is amazing by everyone, great story and some very dark humour.
Frances McDormand is the reason to see this harrowing film about a mother's anger, grief, mourning, and fierce independence in her small-town environment.
This movie was to me a brilliantly written satire on the topic/issue of police incompetency and treatment of minorities/brutality that comes across as a dark comedy rather than a sad type of movie. Almost, in a weird way, like "Death of Stalin", if I were to compare it with another movie. The cussing, while inappropriate, added to the overall humour and satire and made the police of this hick town look like a bunch of goons. The movie itself was RAW, and it's that type that you could watch while you are drunk or want to waste your time looking at something stupid but having a fun social commentary interwoven on it.
If you re a democrat or liberal you will like this junk.
The constant swearing ,vulgarity violence and racism that must be the norm in every NA household is nothing less then sick .Emotions are the flagstaff of humanity.Just as sick .
If you watch this and want to be a part of society as Hollywood portrays it ,Good luck .
I found this a fascinating and compelling film. It was many things: darkly funny, deeply sad, challenging, disturbing but always entertaining. Frances McDormand was magnificent. She played a complex, fierce woman, sometimes overflowing with anger and emotion, but with such heartbreak in her eyes. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell were also outstanding. This movie tackles some difficult subjects, and the characters are complex ones who don't always make good or admirable decisions. Not everyone will like this dark, challenging film, but I thought it was exceptional.
As a big fan of the Coen brothers I have always liked Frances McDormand in many roles and this is another one. Right from the start I was into this flick and it kept me entertained, sure there was lots of swearing and violence but in this case it comes with the territory. As much as it moved along at a good clip for such a dark movie I also found myself amused at certain scenes. I won't go into the characters and personalities but I will say the ending left me with an empty feeling and of course a sense of wondering. I wouldn't say its a must see, but I would recommend it.
Like Fargo, this film has some very funny deadpan scenes mixed in to lessen more serious emotions. The characters are somewhat stereotypic but the acting is excellent. There's also violence and language not suitable for kids. I enjoyed it despite the disappointing ending.
An acclaimed and deeply problematic film from Irish playwright turned director Martin McDonagh, whose pervious films, "Seven Psychopaths" and "In Bruges" I enjoyed. Set in a fictional Missouri town, McDonagh's characters are more types than anything, and it's only the actors who bring the one dimensional caricatures to life, but even they can't save it. You've got vengeful mother (Frances McDormand), good cop (Woody Harrelson), bad cop (Sam Rockwell), and assorted stereotypical townspeople (ex-husband, ex-husband's young girlfriend, angry son). The plot is very schematic, and McDonagh strains to imbue depth and meaning. The presence of McDormand will only remind of the far superior films of the Coen Brothers. Also, do we, in 2017, really need stories of white racist cops finding redemption? Perhaps last year's most over praised and polarizing film.
I thought the movie was interesting for the first 20 minutes, then it descended into an abyss of confusion and violence. Later it became clear that the author and writers could not come up with an ending to the movie, so as has become the Hollywood style, it abruptly ended with nothing. I've seen all of the nominated movies for best picture of 2017, and have realized the Actor's Guild have been spending too much time drinking out of the toilet and having the lid fall on their collective heads.
Waste of time! Plot is intriguing at first, but then it goes nowhere. Acting is okay, not an academy award caliber on any actors part! The premise is based on the lack of police investigation of a daughters brutal murder, hence the three billboards. However, we never find out about the daughter or what happens. You are left hanging at the end with this stupid road trip to kill a guy who did not kill the daughter! Ugh!!!!!
Better to watch paint dry then to waste oxygen breathing than to watch this movie! IMVHO!
Frances is always so good and believeable. I read on Wikipedia how the idea for the movie came about. I liked the movie, but was not keen on the ending. This movie reminded me of the movies Seven Psychopaths, Fargo and In Bruges. Wacky kinda movies.
I really didn't care for the characters in this movie, or the movie as a whole.