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Film Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

11 Responses

  1. I would argue that Mildred (McDormand) does have a character arc. It’s not something that she dwells on for too much, but her perceptions are obviously challenged to the point where she realizes that she was wrong about certain things.

    What do you think would have made her character arc better?

    • Nick Kush says:

      See I was leaning towards that sentiment as well until the ending basically proved that she hadn’t had much of a change of heart in either direction. We get that outburst from Peter Dinklage’s character at the restaurant that appeared to have some effect on her, but I felt that any emotion felt from it was quickly expunged when she mulls killing a man that had nothing to do with her daughter’s death. Obviously, that man was a terrible human being that deserved some type of retribution, but Mildred’s plan to maybe kill him is just an extension of her blind rage that she had throughout the film.

      I would have maybe liked to see a glimmer of coping with her daughter’s death in some capacity or, on the other side of the spectrum, lose hope entirely. That would have been a serious downer, but it would have worked with the underlying depressing nature of the film. Personally, the ending left me confused with how to feel. Leaving it up to the viewer in that case seemed like sort of a cop out when you had just experienced a pretty straightforward narrative.

      At the end of the day, it’s just an opinion and I acknowledge that many will and already adore the film.

      • The Peter Dinklage part, and the part where she realized it wasn’t the police officers who set her billboards on fire, it was her husband, and she realized her hatred of the police was blinding her to the point of making terrible decisions.

        I can see where you’re coming from about the still-wanting-to-kill-the-rapist kind of thing, but I still don’t think there’s a problem; the entire movie is about Mildred finding closure (which was her drive to buy the billboards in the first place), and when she discovers she may never get closure, but she’ll take what she can get.
        I don’t know if it’s fair to say to her character “Your daughter was horrifically raped and murdered. The killer will probably never be found. Find a way to get over it.”

        I don’t know, I think this is the best movie of the year (so far), so I’m pretty quick to defend the film. lol

      • Nick Kush says:

        Lol I hear ya! I really enjoyed her coming to realize that not everyone in the police force was out to get her, especially with Sam Rockwell who was the star of the film in my mind. I guess I would have liked one more scene to conclude her story. Who knows, maybe I watch it again and appreciate more for what it did. Sometimes films need an extra viewing for me!

      • Yeah dude, Sam Rockwell killed it. I agree with that.

      • Nick Kush says:

        He better get a nomination or I’ll quit watching the Oscars lol

  2. Bryan Caron says:

    I agree with a lot of this review, no more so than with Sam Rockwell, aka Crewman Number 6. The moniker may be have been a joke, but it’s becoming clearer over the years that Rockwell is somewhat of a crewman No. 6 in Hollywood. People probably know his face, and he’s always at the top of his game, but if Hollywood had to excise its roster, he’d probably be one of the first to be cut, which is a shame. Have you ever seen Moon or The Way Way Back? If not, you absolutely should, because not only is his performances in those films just as outstanding as it is here, those films are better films overall!

  3. Katy S. says:

    They filmed it up near my college Western Carolina University and in Sylva, NC. Really want to see this film.

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