Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
“Well, they wouldn’t be as effective after you croak,” Mildred (Frances McDormand)
Writer-director Martin McDonagh still has not reached the potential promised in his excellent cinema debut, IN BRUGES. His sophomore feature, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, felt like mates improvising together (not very successfully) on a Saturday afternoon. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a step up and commenced with such potential, but by the end credits the nagging feeling of so what is hard to shake. Society is looked at, though punches are pulled. The topics are dark, but the black comedy detracts rather than enhances. Instead of making the difficult to swallow palatable, it comes across as flippant.
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