Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Makes Light of Grim Topics with Impressive Results

A bereaved mother’s quest for justice escalates into a dark, hilarious feud.

Well known for pitch-black comedies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, award-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh’s latest film is a chip off the old block, making light of grim topics with impressive results.

Inspired after seeing billboards publicizing an unsolved crime while passing through the American hinterland, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), a mother determined to call attention to the unsolved crime of her daughter’s rape and murder by any means necessary. Placing provocative messages across rented billboards, Hayes’ crusade quickly puts her at odds with local law enforcement (Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell) and the rest of her community, but with nothing to lose, her unusual ad campaign is just the beginning.

With colorful language, dentist abuse and gratuitous crotch kicking, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri combines hilarity, violence and tenderness in a gut-wrenching and thought-provoking way, nabbing awards at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

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Alexandra Wood
Born and raised in the North of England, Lexy studied literature and rowed for Cambridge University. After exploring Switzerland for a year, she is now based in Vienna where she spends her time writing for Metropole, reading books and planning outdoor adventures.

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