Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

So my favorite award ceremony is a month away, which means that there’s going to be some great movies to watch pretty much every day. I must admit that, before last night, I hadn’t seen any major Oscar nominated movie. However, my list is long and I have to find enough time to just sit back and enjoy the ride of the different movies that are soon to be honored at Dolby Theatre on March 4. Last year was disappointing because it went to show how excellent PR can get you 14 nominations and 6 wins – and don’t crucify me but La La Land was a great example of over-hype and exaggerated publicity. Okay, I know that every year, there is that one movie that wins all the acclaim, all the awards, all everything, and it simply overshadows other amazing movies that are more Oscar-worthy. But too bad that the press wasn’t on their side. I am a PR girl myself and, with my lifelong dedication to the entertainment industry and pop culture, I still find it astonishing and fascinating how things work in La La Land (see what I did there?). Dear La La Land fans, this post isn’t meant to bash the movie although I sound like a bitter bitch because my favorites didn’t win. But I must admit, it is charming, it has a beautiful story, and there is a great chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The purpose of this post is merely to comment on last year’s events at the Oscar’s and, thereafter, introduce you to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri because this year, it has the honor to be that movie that we hear about daily and that gets all the awards.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a sad story about Mildred Hayes whose daughter was brutally raped while being murdered right outside Ebbing, Missouri. Since the local authorities don’t do much to catch the perpetrator. Mildred’s frustrations make her turn to the local advertising agency for help – she wants to buy the right to use the three huge billboards outside the town to get the attention of the authorities. From that moment, she starts a war against the whole town that, among others, consists of racist policemen, crazy dentists, and heartbroken widows. I mean, if that doesn’t appeal to my crime movie loving heart, I don’t know what does. However, Thee Billboards is not a crime movie as we know it – this movie shows the fine line between love and hate and justice and injustice. We are presented to a grieving mother who has a hard time letting go of the injustice that’s been done to her, we have a policeman who is a practicing injustice deliberately, and we have the inhabitants of Ebbing who think they’re doing justice. Without spoiling the ending of the movie, I gotta say that it left me with a weird, empty feeling. Maybe because I was constantly imagining myself in Mildred’s situation, and I realized that her way of ending things wouldn’t be the way I’d do it. I know that these words don’t make much sense if you haven’t seen the movie, but it’s the ending that made me think the most.

Frances McDormand recently won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Movie (something like that) and I can see her taking the Oscar, too! Her performance is truly outstanding and, although you might not agree with her actions, she has a special way of portraying grief and anger that makes her feelings seem so real. I especially have to mention and praise her for her monologue in the scene where the priest visits her. It is spot on. As for Sam Rockwell, you can’t help but love his performance as Officer Dixon, which is simply through the roof. He is the racist douchebag policeman who still lives with his mom and has crazy anger issues, and he is nailing it.  Just like his aforementioned co-star, he has won a Golden Globe and is nominated for an Oscar and, without having seen the other movies, I’m rooting for him. He portrays the development of his character with such perfection, given that you go from despising him to rooting for him at the end. Other notable cast members are Caleb Landry Jones, Woody Harrelson, and Peter Dinklage. Thumbs up for the casting! After all, the strong performances is one of the most talked about elements of the movie.

I started saying that Three Billboards is a crime/drama movie, but apart from that, it has elements of dark comedy and I love that. The funny remarks are frequent and they’re truly funny. It is a movie that starts out with one narrow idea and escalates to several subplots without risking losing your attention because something new happens all the time. Three Billboards leaves you with very few answers to anger, violence, and revenge, and that’s pure reality. We might not have the answers and, at the end of the day, it’s okay but those are the things with enough power to destroy us eat us up, and that’s what Three Billboards illustrates.

If you aren’t fond of strong language and violence, you should stay clear from this movie but Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a fantastic unpredictable movie that will move you and make you think. It is one of the best dramas I’ve seen recently and its success during this ongoing award season is more than justified, so I can’t wait to see how it does at this year’s Oscars. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants something different and touching and, therefore, it’s getting 5/5 from me.

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