Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Director: Martin McDonagh

Writer: Martin McDonagh (Screenplay)

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Lucas hedges, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones

 

Plot: A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.


Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Darkly Humorous

 

Story: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starts as Mildred Hayes (McDormand) puts up three billboards in a quiet road questioning how Willoughby (Harrelson) hasn’t solved the case of her daughter’s rape and murder. Fellow officer Dixon (Rockwell) who has a chequered past is enraged by the signs, while officer Willoughby tries to clean up the situation and prove there isn’t enough to solve the case, but with his dying he does want to solve the case before he goes.

As the billboards stay up longer, the town starts to become divided on the support in catching the killer and Mildred does to extremes in her battle with Dixon to get the case solved.

 

Thoughts on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

Characters – Mildred Hayes is a mother that has run out of patience when it comes to the police finding the killer off her daughter, she did have the full support of the town, but this stunt pushes the people away even if it could get her the killer to identify themselves. Willoughby is the lead investigator in the case, he has done everything he could to solve the case, but he is now facing his own battle with cancer, while keeping the peace in the town. Dixon is the hot-headed police officer that clashes with Mildred and anyone who supports her in finding out the truth.

PerformancesFrances McDormand shows us that she can reach the Fargo levels whenever the material is given to her, as she shines through as the best part of this movie. Woody Harrelson is great again this year, showing us he can step into any role and be great. Sam Rockwell is wonderful too as we see that this cast is filled with talent character performers.

StoryThe story shows the extremes of losing a child, the stress of noting being able to solve one of the worst cases in the town. This does turn into a character studio on the people involved and how their lives need to move on without a chance of every being able to. It is hard to describe this story in much more depth because it is interesting, it does have a lot going on that keeps us wanting to see where the film will go.

Comedy/CrimeThis does use dark humour throughout as we are seeing the effects of the crime on people’s lives, don’t expect to see an investigation though, we are focusing on the relationship between the mother of the victim and the police.

SettingsThe film takes place in this small town where everyone seems to know everyone, so they have all felt the effects of the crime, this helps when things start to get exposed.


Scene of the Movie –
Window smashing, it is a well shot single looking take.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The answer is frustrating.

Final ThoughtsThis is a dark humour that can be enjoyed by the fans of that genre, it does have a good subject matter but doesn’t get to a level in the story that I enjoyed watching.

 

Overall: Dark comedy through a serious subject matter.

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Seven Psychopaths (2012)

sevenDirector: Martin McDonagh

Writer: Martin McDonagh (Screenplay)

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Walken, Michael Pitt, Harry Dean Stanton, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Stuhlbarg, Olga Kurylenko

 

Plot: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

 

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Verdict: Fun Crime Comedy

 

Story: Seven Psychopaths starts as we follow a screenwriter Marty (Farrell) who is working on his latest script Seven Psychopaths, his friends Billy (Rockwell) and Hans (Walken) are con-artists that kidnap dogs for rewards from the owners. When gangster Charlie (Harrelson) has his beloved dog disappear he becomes Psychopath No.3 of the script who is searching for his dog killing anyone involved.

When Charlie and his men discover Billy and Hans schemes they targeting them with Marty getting caught in the middle. Marty uses this experience to help write his script while we witness just how far one man will go to get his Shih Tzu back.

Seven Psychopaths has plenty of anti-Hollywood stereotypes being used through the film are we see how the characters understand they are involved in a world where movies happen. We get lines that explain how Hollywood does certain things wrong in movies with the discussion on woman not being strong enough with the film only including small scenes with woman characters. The film also tries to spell out the ending much like Shaun of the Dead did. This tries to do something different which should be praised but does leave us with certain parts being part of the story while others are fictional part to make the screenplay.

 

Actor Review

 

Sam Rockwell: Billy is one half of a dognapping partnership that takes gangster beloved dog. He lives a very plain life supporting his best friend Marty with his screenplay. He has a secret and is just as dangerous as Charlie really is. Sam gives us the performance you always expect to see from him.ily

Woody Harrelson: Charlie is local gangster who loves his Shih Tzu but when Billy & Hans take his dog he ends up going on a revenge path to get his dog back killing anyone who gets in his way. Woody much like Sam is one of the most reliable actors in the business today and shows why.charlie

Colin Farrell: Marty is a screenwriter that has been struggling on his latest script for a movie called Seven Psychopaths. His best friend is Billy and being friends with Billy has led him into the situation there Charlie is after him too. Colin shows he has all the skills to be a top actor in this role.

Christopher Walken: Hans is the partner of Billy in dognapping, his wife has been fighting cancer, but when Billy takes Charlie’s dog we get to see just the type of character Hans is. Christopher is always a brilliant supporting actor.hans

Support Cast: Seven Psychopaths has a strong supporting cast that all help make this a great film.

Director Review: Martin McDonaghMartin gives us one of the best crime comedy side of the story with his inclusion of some of the most talented actors in Hollywood.

 

Comedy: Seven Psychopaths has good laughs with a lot poking fun at Hollywood stereotypes.

Crime: Seven Psychopaths puts us into a world of dognapping, gangsters and psychopaths.

Settings: Seven Psychopaths uses the settings well without being overly important to the final outcome of the story.
Special Effects
: Seven Psychopaths has good effect when need without being too important to the story.

Suggestion: Seven Psychopaths is one to try just because it does against certain moments against Hollywood. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Rockwell steals the show.

Worst Part: Slightly slow in the middle.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Early credits scene.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: No te metas con el perro (Don’t mess with the dog)

 

Overall: Very enjoyable crime comedy that works on so many levels.

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