One day not too long ago, I divulged my day at the movie theater. It was a treat for myself, for finishing last semester. With all finals and homework done, I ventured to the recliner seats of my movie theater and watched. I started writing this post a month ago, the day after I saw the movie. After watching the Golden Globes and seeing the movie get its full due with awards for Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand, I am elated. Not only did those two wins. Martin McDonagh won for the screenplay. The film itself won for Best Drama.
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, was the first film I saw on my double feature day.
I think the first shock and awe of going to see that movie, was the amount of old white people who were surprised when I walked into the auditorium for the film. I mean I think I was the only black…and young person in there. I know it’s counterproductive to social progression to point stuff like that out, but I think it’s hilarious.
Me, a short natural haired young black woman. This type of movie generally doesn’t do well with the demographic I exist in. Unless they’re artistic types, which I just so happen to be. As a former film major films like this catch my eye. Generally, even just the young part of me would turn away from films like these.
There are a few things that drew my eye to the film. First, the absolute ardent yet impetuous attitude of the protagonist. It’s apparent in the trailer and even in the premise of the film. I mean you have a character who puts up three billboards to spur on the local sheriff’s department to find her daughter’s killer. Least to say, she is passionate. Second, Frances McDormand. I adore her, I think she is a beautiful underrated actress. Though her awards would say she is anything but underrated. If you don’t know who she is, think Marge Gunderson from Fargo. Yes indeed, she was the sheriff from Fargo and she won an Oscar for it.
I’ve seen the series Olive Kitteridge and that was the second time I fell in love with her. I feel anyone married to Joel Coen, has to be talented. Which couldn’t be farther from the truth, but it just seems like a prerequisite.
The whole premise of this film screamed rebellion to me, and that’s one of the reasons why I think people my age should see this film. In a time where there is so much going on politically and socially, it’s a time to learn to rebel in an intelligent yet poignant way. This movie addresses underlying biases and hateful mindsets against people. It orchestrates the small minded mentality that can still exist even in this day an age. It’s a call for women to be unapologetic in what they want as far as justice is concerned. It pushes for people that currently live in hate which is subtle, to become better. Sam Rockwell’s character is complicated and beautiful. Frances McDormand’s character is unflinching yet vulnerable.
You get everything in this film. From domestic violence to racism to sexism to just almost any type of ism you can think of.
I love this movie, to bits. I thank every cast member and crew member for putting this film together. It’s a beauty. There are moments which completely shock you, and moments you go “Hell yeah!”
Congratulations to Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, you made this young woman cry.