Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Directed by Martin McDonagh

Starring Frances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, Sam Rockwell

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Nice little story, with a good mix of laugh and cry. With the fun characters, offbeat humor, obscure but interesting location, and Frances McDormand, it feels a lot like a Coen brothers movie. The mix of drama and comedy is delicate, though. If the comedy is any goofier, the whole thing falls apart.

Great performances and a few great lines. McDormand carries it well. Rockwell does a great, Oscar-worthy job playing a very complex character. In any given scene, he’s some combination of dramatic, tragic, funny, and contradictory. Caleb Landry Jones is an interesting up-and-comer. Hawkes is a young Chris Cooper. An understated Dinklage is great, too. Only thing that threw me was why Willoughby would have an English wife in the heart of Missouri.

I get that ambiguous endings are cool, and sometimes they really work, but was this one a bit too open-ended?

McDonagh doesn’t direct much, but when he does, it’s definitely something interesting.

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