Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
"All this anger, man, it just begets greater anger."
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri still hits as hard as the first time I saw it. Although with watching it on 4K I kinda missed the film grain that I remember making the cinematography stand out on the big screen. It is a film all about calling people out and trying to hold them accountable, because in so many cases people just want to hold up their hands and say there is nothing they can do. So what are we left to do, forget ... or take a stand?
The film has a unique way of playing up vulgarity for laughs, and then tearing your heart out in other moments when we see these complex characters break down or unleash senseless violence. That emotional rollercoaster it takes you on really elevated it to being one of my favorite films from 2017.
- At times Mildred definitely feels like a John Wayne archetype, and the score even has a western flair during those moments. But she also has a softer side like in simple moments when she helps out that bug, or when her two personalities talk to each other during the slipper scene
- You can never truly forgive Dixon for his actions, but it is good to see that a bad person can try to do better
- The score is great, and it reminded me a lot of the theme from 'Crimson Tide'
- I recall hearing complaints that this was not a believable southern/middle-American town, and although the characteristics displayed are embellished, I still found it credible. It's a little bit like 'Fargo' in that way
- I did find it odd that a few of the younger women were played up as not being very smart
- The story does feel like it has run out of gas by the end, but it still closes strong with that provocative moment between Mildred and Dixon
I really enjoyed this and 'In Bruges' from Director Martin McDonagh, and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
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