2018 (UK), Drama/Crime, 1h 55m
Starring: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, Caleb Landry Jones & Kathryn Newton
Mildred Hayes, a hard-nosed mother is seeking justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, Mildred puts up three roadside signs to goad Ebbing police chief into action. But the law – and especially Sam Rockwell’s hot-headed deputy – don’t take kindly to the provocation. And the townsfolk are on their side. But Mildred doesn’t care about ruffling a few feathers. In fact, she’s happy to pluck the whole bird.
With Frances McDormand’s exceptionally raw performance, a phenomenal supporting cast (most notable; Sam Rockwell), and a supercharged, bold script from Martin McDonagh, it makes Billboards one of 2018’s best masterpieces.
One of the most pleasurable things about Billboards is the element of persistent unpredictability, which keeps us as a viewer on the end of the seat as we wait for the conclusion of Mildred’s story.
It’s a very sharply written dark comedy – pitch-black in fact – which looks at human nature at it’s most nasty, brutish and dimwitted all while being hilariously funny, brutal and breathtaking.