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Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards opens New Years Day In Australia. The extraordinary Frances McDormand in full flight. A very black black comedy likely headed for Academy Award glory.

As reported by The Guardian in September :

British director Martin McDonagh’s film about a woman avenging the murder of her daughter received the film festival’s popular vote. Martin McDonagh’s black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has received a major boost in its Oscar prospects by winning the top honour at the Toronto international film festival.

The film, which stars Frances McDormand as a mother who takes matters into her own hands when the police fail to find out who murdered her teenage daughter, was awarded the People’s Choice award, ahead of I, Tonya, a biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, and Luca Guadagnino’s gay love story Call Me By Your Name. The victory is the second for the film since its premiere earlier this month at the Venice film festival, where it received the best screenplay prize.

Three Billboards is McDonagh’s first film since 2012’s Seven Psychopaths, a violent meta crime caper that starred Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. Before that McDonagh directed the acclaimed black comedy In Bruges, which starred Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as Irish hitmen hiding out in the Belgian city. Like that film, Three Billboards has received strong reviews from critics. In his five-star review, the Guardian’s Xan Brooks described it as “an uproarious delight of a film that snaps the eyelids up like rollerblinds” and praised McDormand’s “powerhouse performance”.

I have been waiting for this film since I first heard about it and posted in April ….. and if I was not going to be in Ubud, I would be booking my ticket to the 11am session on 1st January.

If you grab a ticket, can you let me know what you think ?

Take a peek at the official trailer

There is a really interesting and somewhat complex review in Rolling Stone

And a less complex rave from The New Yorker

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