2017 Certificate: 15

Synopsis

Writer-director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) is back on searing form with this viciously funny crime tale starring Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, a hard-nosed mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, Mildred puts up three roadside signs to goad Ebbing police chief (Woody Harrelson) 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. Full of provocative twists, cruel turns and no-holds-barred humour, Three Billboards delivers a memorable message.

Director

  • Martin McDonagh

Cast

  • Frances McDormand

  • Woody Harrelson

  • Sam Rockwell

  • Peter Dinklage

  • Abbie Cornish

  • Caleb Landry Jones

Review

It's hardly a title to wow the comicbook-loving masses, but the latest in-your-face black comedy from In Bruges mastermind McDonagh offers much, much more than what it says on the tin.

Frances McDormand is on formidable form as Mildred Hayes, a blue-collar mother demanding justice for her murdered daughter. After three years and the police no closer to catching the killer, Mildred puts up three roadside signs intending to goad the local sheriff (Harrelson) into action.

Naturally, the law doesn't appreciate being told how to do their jobs. And the townsfolk don't take kindly to all the fuss. But Mildred doesn't much care about ruffling a few feathers. In fact, she's happy to pluck the whole bird.

Powered by McDonagh's deliciously cynical worldview, McDormand's p***-and-vinegar performance has 'best actress' written all over it.