This very enjoyable film feels like a welcome Joel & Ethan Coen bonus production. It has some of the same feel and cleverness as 1996s’ crime thriller Fargo which also starred Frances McDormand. McDormand won an Academy Award for that one. She also happens to be Joel Coen’s wife of many years. They met at the auditions for the Coen brothers’ debut feature, Blood Simple.
Saying Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri feels like a Coen brothers film … is that a huge disservice to director Martin McDonagh? After all, he has delighted us in the past with the superb In Bruges (2008) and later on with the not-so-fantastic Seven Psychopaths (2012). The boy can certainly write. Somehow I do feel, though, that working on a picture far removed from his Anglo-Irish roots, McDonagh sought inspiration from the Coens.
Whether that is true or not is unimportant. The fact is that McDonagh has written and directed another very funny movie. It has a fantastic cast delivering great lines and you are going to quite possibly pee your pants a little bit. You are going to love it!
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those of you who cannot resist:
Title: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Director: Martin McDonagh
Year, Country, Language: 2017, USA, English
Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh
Cinematography: Ben Davis
Editing: Jon Gregory
Score: Carter Burwell