Few films, if any have taken a more unflinching look at grief and all of its many manifestations as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand as a mother who has lost a daughter to a vile event and Sam Rockwell as a small town redneck who eventually regains some of his lost humanity both do amazing work.
The screenplay gives them all they need to develop these characters into truly remarkable on screen presences. There is humour of the darkest variety and this makes the pathos even that more effective as this is a film that will stay with you forever. There are no heroes or quick and convenient resolutions here. It is ugly and real.
In a season where films tend to fall into easy entertainment categories, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a fiery iconoclastic endeavour that rewards those with a taste for the unconventional. It is also sure to be included in the list of films that garner Oscar nominations.
The film’s idiosyncratic stature is also solidified with an ending perfect in its open ended reality. Add this to the list of must see holiday films.