Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a compelling film that I never thought I would find myself watching. While I tend to be more into alternative and edgy art forms, I did not think this film sounded interesting at first when watching the Golden Globes in January. However, after my parents seeing it and giving it a raging review, I knew I had to give it a go. The film’s concept in itself is an interesting one. The thought of a Mother putting up billboards in a small town in order to get the police to act on her daughter’s murder case is unique and insidious. What stood out more than the uniqueness of the concept, however, is the characterization and depth of the story line within the film. It is one of great tragedy and inconclusive endings, which leaves you broken for the daughter, frustrated with death and its weight, angry and people’s insensitivity, and looking at police brutality in a light you never thought possible. This film is filled to the brim with irony, from casting choices to speech, and creates rich inner dialogue in the screen. This film left me thinking, and mainly it left me thinking I needed to see it again in order to pick up on all the nuances that fill the film.
Overall, I was impressed with the actress who played the dead girl’s mother in the film, Frances McDormand. I think she deserves best actress again and again for her portrayal of her role. Her fierceness and broken-heartedness shown in her action, words and character throughout the film foul the dynamic relationships between many of the townsfolk and the billboards. Her resolve for more is fierce and inspiring in the midst of a tragedy no mother or human should ever face.