Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - What You Need To Know
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri began life as a small operation, with a budget of $12 million and just 33 days to shoot, but it ended up as one of the most-talked-about movies of recent years.
By the time all was said and done, the film had two Oscars, four Golden Globes, three SAG awards and five BAFTAs and over $150 million in box office receipts. Now it arrives on DVD shelves (you can pre-order it here) and here is everything you need to know about it...
Who's in it?
Frances McDormand leads the way here, playing Mildred Hayes, a role for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress. Supporting roles from both Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, both of whom scored Oscar nominations with Rockwell eventually winning out, as well as Lucas Hedges, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones and Kerry Condon are also part of this big ensemble movie.
And who's directing?
Martin McDonagh, whose previous efforts include In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, is on both writing and directing duty here.
What's the plot?
The movie begins with McDormand’s Mildred Hayes, who is grieving after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Angela, seven months earlier, renting the aforementioned three Billboards, angry at the police department’s failure to make any progress.
The billboards, which have been abandoned for years, now read "RAPED WHILE DYING", "STILL NO ARRESTS?", and "HOW COME, CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?" The billboards upset the townspeople, including Harrelson’s Chief Bill Willoughby and Rockwell’s Officer Jason Dixon, who go to see Hayes, demanding she takes them down. She refuses.
From here we watch on as Hayes and Willoughby and Dixon do battle within the suffocating confines of the small town of Ebbing and the effect the billboards have on all their lives and the lives of everyone they care about...
Does it deliver?
Absolutely. The dialogue is punchy with McDonagh's trademark black humour on show throughout, the performances superb and the story utterly compelling. This is one of 2018’s best efforts.