Three Billboards Movie Review: A True Contender

Three Billboards Movie Review: A True Contender

Emma Coons, Journalist

I feel pretty late to the party on this movie because I haven’t had the time to see it until now but wow I am glad I did. Three Billboards told an amazing story of a troubled mother of a girl raped and killed about 7 months before the story is told who fights with almost the town itself to find her daughter’s murderer. I thought this movie displayed small-town southern America in an ingenious way, addressing many stereotypes (which can certainly often times be realities) and the best things about a small town. I thought also that this movie’s use of humor was one of its biggest wins in that keeping me on the edge of my seat for a chuckle somewhat distracted from the severity of the story, so then when a serious and intense moment hit I was absolutely riveted. One of my favorite side-stories was her son’s. Lucas Hedges played his newly iconic role of a troubled, yet sweet teenage boy and I felt a deep sympathy for him and his neglect throughout the movie, and also loved the character because even though he was obviously emotionally neglected, he deeply cared for his mother. Even without too many lines, the son’s role played big in my mind. Onto what everyone thinks of with this movie-Frances McDormand. Wow. I’ve never seen a movie and felt someone so deserved best actress as she does, and let me tell you-I loved Emma Stone in La La Land. Not many women could have played that role the way McDormand did, commanding every scene and relaying true, and almost psychotic, maternity. So as you can tell from my 5 stars and my raving review-this is an amazing movie. Even though I truly adored The Shape of Water as well, I genuinely think this movie has a chance (as it did, and won at The Golden Globes) at best picture. That’s not my true prediction yet-but I sure think it could happen.