This movie is almost gone and it’s Star Wars week, so it will be even more gone very soon. Don’t miss it.
Three Billboards is a Coen-like movie. It’s a VERY Coen-like movie; And it is very welcome after it’s predecessor wannabe Coen-like movie, “Suburbicon” with Matt Damon. The story, much like the characters that drive it, is very rough at the edges, straightforward, right up in your face. The plot twists and turns effortlessly and gradually evolves from an honest and empathetic tale into a sick and twisted nightmare that you can laugh at through crinkled eyes.
So when I say ‘Coen-like’, I don’t just mean the flat characters and the dark material. The framing and the way the camera follows the characters is reminiscent of movies like Fargo and Miller’s Crossing, particularly when it comes to conversations. But that isn’t the impressive part of this movie. Three Billboards has brilliantly written characters; some that are fairly one dimensional but charmingly so, and others with layers and layers of depth skillfully progressed into a wonderful redemptive character arc.
The entirety of the movie is set in the very small and quaint town of Ebbing, Missouri; it’s size evidenced by how the advertising agency and the police department stand right opposite each other. The people live elbow to elbow and bump into each other on a very regular basis. The plot embraces that very well, weaving a story that intertwines people, big and small, into a solid yarn. Peter Dinklage for example, has only about 20 minutes of screen time, but leaves us all pining for his return and turns out quite important to the plot as well. Friends turn to foes and villains turn to heroes in a very charming mix of character arcs. And all of this is only augmented by the amazing performances of Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (Sam Rockwell was fantastic).
Three Billboards is a movie portrays a succinct and poignant story that will likely be forgotten and may resurface at the Oscars for supporting actor. Personally, I’m very glad that I experienced it as a naive movie watcher in theaters (Moviepass ki jai), rather than wait for critics to validate it for me. I think its awesome if you do the same.