After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon — an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence — gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.
If I could use one word to describe Three Billboards it would be aggressive. It walks a very fine line of being aggressive, heartfelt and also comedic. As you would imagine, this is a tight line to walk. For the most part Three Billboards stays straight on course, but occasionally it will stumble over this fine line, as it tries to juggle these three things.
Every character in Three Billboards is going through a lot, and that is an understatement. It really does a great job of peeling back all of the layers of its various characters and letting them express themselves. Frances McDormand is incredible as the unhinged Mildred Hayes. Woody Harrelson is also great as the town’s police chief. It was Sam Rockwell however, who stole the show for me. His is written with such a good arc that he became easily the most fascinating character in the film. Martin McDonagh has written a great screenplay and did a masterful job casting and directing it.
Some of the more serious moments that I’d like to stay serious are undercut with comedy, but for the most part this film blends all of its different emotions quite well. I also felt like it had a perfect moment to end, but it decides to go on a little bit longer and I guess that’s a testament to the film not wanting to take the easy way out.
Three Billboards is not your typical oscar contender, it’s a very rough and wild movie, that’s really not like anything I’ve seen. It has a lot to say about some different issues and people, but also points out that there is good in everyone. Three Billboards isn’t a feel good film-it is a feel-rough film. Three Billboards is one of the most entertaining movies of the year and is totally worth your time.