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This has the look and feel of a Coen Bros script and story--which is good. With McDormand in it I thought it was for sure (no prep, obviously). But the credits set me straight and I found this was the work of the 'In Bruges' mastermind, Martin McDonagh. Based on "real events" we see the story of an angy mother (McDormand) trying to get some resolution for her daughter's rape and murder by renting three billboards to goad the sheriff (Harrell) into action.
This is a character rich script and I would label this an "actors movie". All the leads were great with McDormand, Harrell, and Rockwell stealing the show, so to speak. Great script with lots of dark humor, drama, and irony. I think this is one of the best this year.
Definitely worth the walk in. Get moving.
Saw it tonight - awful script, pouting Frances, meandering plot.
Just saw it and really liked it.
Also saw Shape of Water, The Last Jedi and Darkest Hour in the last week.
Three Billboards was my favorite of the four.
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..the films was enjoyable and very well done but didn't really resonate with me emotionally the way the best pictures do.
Although McDormand's character was somewhat sympathetic, she was as angry as most everyone else in the film, other than a couple of characters.
The film's theme seems to be about losing your anger and finding redemption, and at by the end we see she has begun, but it leaves you hanging.
4 out of 5 stars
great acting (and juicy roles for all)
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