Monday, January 29, 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Movie for the Evening: Feature

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" 2017

The movie for the evening last evening was "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and is offered as a dark comedy/drama. Located in a small town this is an excursion into the heart sick guilt of a mother who is desperate to recover some scrap of hope by motivating the local police to find the depraved person who committed the rape/murder of her 19 year old daughter.

The principle players, Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell do an admirable job with this contrived and misguided scripted by Martin McDonagh.

No spoiler alert here, but this film, nominated for 7 Oscars, offers little insight into the ailing soul of the protagonist. Some comments by McDormand's character could be squeezed to motivate self examination, and the scene with the local priest hits the right note of condemnation of authority that could be seen as contributing to these dark times, but the violence and cursing can only serve to sell tickets, the art of filmmaking is absent.

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