Flash Movie Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why I should pay to have a cable repair person come out to replace the defective cable box the cable company shipped me. Customer service told me they could send me a new box and I could install it, saving the cost of a service call. If I had dropped, kicked or broken the box I would better understand the fee structure; however, they installed the box and after several weeks the box started to freeze up periodically. I would have to unplug it and count to ten before plugging it back in so it would reset itself. It is so annoying especially when it freezes up and does not record the programs I scheduled. It is annoyances like this that can drive me crazy. Even when I had my recent medical episode all I wanted medical staff to do was their job and follow through on their promises. IMAGINE TALKING TO THE nurse about your test results and she says she will call the test facility for more information per my request. She tells me she will call me the next day. After not hearing from her most of the next day I contact her late in the afternoon only for her to hear my voice and say she had my file right on her desk and she forgot to call the facility. I sit there and listen to her rattle off all the things she had to do during the day, less the one thing she promised to do for me. Are you kidding me? I do not know about you but if I do not do my job or at least follow through with what I tell someone it reflects on my performance review. How is it that I and my fellow employees are held accountable for our job duties but I see more and more workers’ lack of care or concern for their job responsibilities not being addressed by their employers? It can be so frustrating which is why I could totally sympathize with the grieving mother in this dark dramatic comedy. MONTHS HAVE GONE BY without any inkling of the police finding Mildred’s, played by Frances McDormand (Promised Land, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), daughter’s killer. Fed up Mildred decides to let everyone know what she thinks about the investigation. This film festival winning crime movie also starred Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes, LBJ) as Chief of Police William Willoughby, Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) as Officer Dixon, Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird, Manchester by the Sea) as Robbie and Abbie Cornish (Geostorm, Sucker Punch) as Anne. Hands down Frances deserves a nomination this Oscar season for her unbelievable acting in this role. I know it is a cliché but she was a force of nature; I could not take my eyes off of her. She must have relished the twisted script with all the opportunities to embellish her character. I enjoyed the rest of the cast almost as much but felt Abbie’s role was minor. The one complaint I had about the script was the story arc for Officer Dixon; his development from the 1st to 2nd half of the film did not ring true to me. Honestly I felt the last part of the script quickly tidied up the events and the viewers were left somewhat hanging. Despite these few issues I still was swept up into Mildred’s plight and to tell you the truth, secretly wished I could act out like her whenever I encounter someone not doing their job.
3 ½ stars
Posted on November 30, 2017, in Comedy and tagged 3 1/2 stars, abbie cornish, comedy, crime, drama, film festival winner, frances mcdormand, lucas hedges, murder, sam rockwell, woody harrelson. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.
I completely understand your frustration. Sometimes your able to swap out the box at your nearest cable store…. Would love your thoughts on my new short called The Writers Block… Hope to see you there
The cable company closed the local center that was nearby which only adds to the annoyance. Thank you for the comments and I will try to stop by your site shortly.
You would think they would hurry to give test results. Probably they have not been on the waiting end, worried. I think I would like this movie. It sounds like a Coen bros type.
It does have a Coen brothers vibe; I hope you get to see the movie an I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on it. Thank you for the comments.
I did but took my 18 yr old grandson and his girlfriend too. Not exactly a date movie. It was sort of Coen with more violence. I thought it would be more comedy, knew it was dark comedy, but.i guess the level of shock has amped up with everything else over the past twenty years! Maybe I should have reviewed it more before going.
I appreciate the reply and agree what shock level is now is nothing like years ago. Thank you.
I used to think the Corn bros were shocking ; )
Frances is tops in my book – hope she wins the Oscar and every other award.
Right now I could not agree more; she was stellar in this film. Thank you for the comments.