Frances McDormand delivers a blistering performance in Martin McDonagh’s (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges) scandalously funny drama (now nominated for seven Oscars®) about the battle between a grieving mother and the local head of law enforcement.
It’s been seven months since her daughter was murdered and foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails Mildred (McDormand) is fed up. Outraged that the investigation has gone quiet, she sets about provoking the local police department with a series of messages plastered on three billboards outside her home town. So begins a rapidly escalating and very public feud between Mildred and venerated community leader Police Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson).
With great screenwriting and fearless performances, McDonagh’s latest exploration of the American psyche is the kind of gut-twisting black comedy that makes you sink from the cinema screen and check your eyebrows are still intact. By turns riotously funny and deeply sobering, it ruthlessly cuts to the quick of social division in modern America before tearing it to shreds.