Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), the winner of this year’s Golden Globe award is a movie that exceeds your expectations. The title of the film and its byline conveys the story – about a mother who puts up 3 huge billboards to get the attention of the small town’s police so that they will work on catching the culprit who raped and murdered her daughter. I expected to see the film to start with the past – with the life of the family, how lovely was the daughter, the night of the tragedy, how cops were colliding with the culprit(s) and then the struggle of the mom. Instead, it caught me by surprise, with the film starting with the mother putting up the three billboards in the first few minutes. Despite that, the Director and Writer Martin McDonagh succeeds in keeping the story engaging through his brilliant writing. He is supported aptly by some great acting by Frances McDormand who appears’ as the brave mom – the scene where she tells the local pastor to get out of her house with the story of LA gangs’ culpability just for being part of the group, was outstanding.
The second half of the film was how each of the main character’s handle in their own way what this tragedy means for them.