Quintin 📽 Philipson’s review published on Letterboxd:
McDormand Marathon #3
The Queen's Second Oscar
Martin McDonagh is probably the closest a director has come to replicating the Coen style in film.
Which makes sense why he has Frances McDormand fits so well in this world. I think the first 30 minutes of this film is incredible. From her getting the Billboards to the responses of the town, the beginning is chaotic and exciting, McDormand is a scorned woman who seems to rule in chaos.
The film does get preachy at times with Woody Harrelson writing three long notes to all the major characters to get some exposition across. The last two thirds get long at times but the performances is what carry it for me.
McDormand and Rockwell are playing some of their best performances. The story is excellent but it really feels like it's because the cast made it excellent. The three Billboards always lead to gorgeous shots and always feel effective throughout the film because they force those driving into town to come to terms with what happened.