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Old 11-11-2017, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

much like last year's award season "Manchester By The Sea," Martin McDonough's "Three Billboards" is an exploration of grief and loss. But where Casey Affleck's character in MBTS was all bottled-up guilt and quiet desperation, Frances McDormand's Mildred Hayes is pure unfiltered rage and anger. if nothing else, Mildred will take a place next to Marge Gunderson as McDormand's most memorable and realized roles. and like "Fargo," TBOEM is also part cop story/mystery (though not the better part and not as well-constructed as a Coen Bros. whodunit). as in McDonough's "In Bruges," dialogue stands out -- profane, gallows humor, but also with insight even as the characters cut each other with their words. the ending sorta falls apart in the last 10-15 minutes but until that point it's mostly great.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:06 PM   #2
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Loved it. Disagree about the final 15 minutes. I thought it was brilliant from start to finish. Sharply written script really made me feel as though the characters were right next door to me. No false notes in acting. Here's hoping Rockwell, Harrelson, McDormand and McDonagh all get noms.

And yeah, I'd like to think of Mildred as Marge's Southern cousin.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:28 PM   #3
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McDonagh knows his characters backwards and forwards. All the nuances, the quirks. Marinated in realism. Well done. Best film I've seen thus far this year.


SPOILER AHEAD: You can make a separate film out of Willoughby's letters. They were hilarious.
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Old 11-23-2017, 08:25 AM   #4
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Brilliant film from start to finish. A script that gives actors at the top of their game the opportunity to fly. I was in awe of each note-perfect performance. There was nothing in this film that was predictable, not one moment. Its like watching a master class in screenwriting, directing and acting. Unbelievable.

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Old 11-23-2017, 12:19 PM   #5
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I think it's a great film.
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:55 PM   #6
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Superb film. I understand JoeBanks problem with t5he ending. McD obviously wanted to avoid a deus ex machina ending but also wanted some kind of closure - not sure what else he could have done. Great acting, dialog, direction and photography. I don't know why they didn't change the title - I don't believe there's a square mile anywhere in Missouri that could possibly be the landscape of this film (shot in North Carolina). But why should we care... How many years has it been since the studios produced a film like this?
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:09 AM   #7
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Agree it was well done, well acted, unpredictable and kept my interest, and also with JoeBanks about the last 15 minutes.

But I still don't see it as one of the best films of the year.

In my case, the film was largely harmed by the audience laughing loudly in bizarre scenes of the films. It's still surreal for me to remember thinking "what am I missing here" and "when did firebombing become funny?"
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:42 AM   #8
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Saw this one about a week ago. I enjoyed it a great deal. Didn't find myself shifting a lot in my seat. It also went by pretty quick which to me means it must be a good film for time to go by without me noticing.

My only 2 issues are: one, the weird reactions/behaviors of some of the characters. Mainly the mom character. Especially when the ex-husband comes over and grabs her by the throat and throws her up against the wall and the son puts the knife to the dads neck. Very intense moment to show the volatile relationship. Then right after they sit at the table and the mom is comforting the dad and patting his hand. What? Sorry, hard to believe that behavior. Plus there were other times her behavior was just odd.

And two, the ending. Many people like an open ended situation at the end of a film. Not me. Not saying I have to have everything packaged up with a nice little bow. But with this film I am now left eternally wondering "Will they or won't they when they get there?". Frustrating. I understand it gives the audience something to ruminate on after the film, but I personally don't like a film to just end like that in the middle of something.
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Old 12-14-2017, 01:07 PM   #9
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Definitely the best film I've seen all year. Rockwell is criminally underrated.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:55 PM   #10
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Along with Logan, this was the film of 2017.
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