Mildred (Francis McDonald) decides to challenge the local authorities as they have yet to find the murderer that took the life of her daughter. She one day discovers three unused billboards and makes a commitment to hire them for a full year and use the billboards to challenge the police force to get a move on in finding the unknown killer. Of course, this is only the beginning of events that come from these Billboards.
This is a surprisingly entertaining film. Considering the film can be described as a heavy drama, the film manages to include some witty dialogue and fun characters in the mix. Even at the time of a dramatic situation, I couldn’t help but chuckle soon after at the next scene. Every line here is delivered perfectly, well-timed and well written. Acting is also in top form from our three lead actors, but in particular Francis McDonald.
Another positive element to this film that I truly loved is how unpredictable the entire film is. Even when a situation occurs that we have seen in films before, the outcome every time was unexpected and delivers many surprises.
This film is written and directed by Martin McDonagh, who also previously wrote and directed other creative, witty and stylish films such as “In Burgess” & “Seven Psychopaths”. Based on Martin’s previous films, Seven Psychopaths always impressed me and I proudly own it among my blu-ray collection. The fact that Martin continues to do both writing and directing, even on this new film, also shows his work is only getting better and better. I would also go as far as to say that this is Martin’s greatest film to date.
Overall, by the time the film ended I was left in the cinema feeling rather disappointed, only because these characters were so much fun I wanted to know what happened next! This is a film that is brilliantly acted, well-directed and craftily written with creative dialogue for all the characters. The film kept me curious as I could never predict what was going to happen next. The film feels fresh and new and I’m honoured to have seen this film on the big screen. Highly Recommend.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden