The latest film from Martin McDonagh deals with his now trademark dark themes. Fortunately, there is a liberal dose of humour to counter-balance the misery that some (most) of the characters suffer. This stops the film from sliding into a void, and instead gives each of the chracters a voice.
The central story is a mother searching for answers about her daughters untimely death, and after seven months without answers, she decides to take out an ad on three billboards close to where her daughter met her end. As Mildred (Frances McDormand) raises a merry riot in the small town she inhabits, the ripples of consequence for her actions see her supporters wax and wane.
However, the movie is littered with deadpan lines that provoke laughter, and while the ending is far from happy, it provides a sense of completeness and what could even be called hope.
Woody Harrelson brings a thoughtfulness to the role of Police Chief Willoughby, whose department is in need of some improvement. Sam Rockwell’s (Moon) Dixon is one of the more surprising characters, and his believable arc shows what an accomplished work this is.
This movie also contains one of my favourite lines from recent films: “See you in the afterlife. If not, it was heaven knowing you.” Say ‘aaaaaah’.
CONCLUSION: Dark matter, handled with humour.
Overall rating: Not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, but definitely worth a watch.
Check it out on IMDB here!
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