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Hollywood likes to teach us that anger is a sin, and that only through acceptance and understanding can we find true happiness. Easier said than done, right? How can you not be angry at an unfair world? Life will take children before parents. Life will give cancer to relatively young people. Life will be racist, sexist, and cruel. And you should throw a few back and yell at something that unfair. You should fight. It is only through that fighting and that rage that other emotions like empathy and understanding can surface. Anger is not a disease to be cured but a path on the road to comprehending the world.
Angela was raped and murdered, but the case has gone cold.
There was no matching DNA, so the spotlight has dimmed and Mildred is getting no updates. She should be. One day, she sees three barren billboards on a rarely-traveled road, and she rents the space to ask the local chief of police, played by Woody Harrelsonwhy there are no answers. Local media becomes interested in the billboards, and the attention sparks a series of events involving not only the chief but one of his more loathsome officers, played by Sam Rockwell. The mystery of what happened to Angela would have dominated other versions of this story, but this is not really that movie.
On one level, it is more about cause and effect than crime and resolution. Mildred rents the billboards, which le to pressure on the chief, which le to anger from his loyal officer, and so on and so on down the line. Life has screwed over both of these people, and it has made them both angry. Rockwell has a big arc in this film and he takes no false steps, as usual.
Harrelson is great too, but the film belongs to McDormand, who can do more with a withering glare than most actresses can do with a monologue. She is simply stunning when it comes to internal language, so often revealing the pain underneath the rage. Her Mildred takes no prisoners, but also feels like someone literally torn apart inside by grief. Of course, McDonagh deserves a ton of credit for not only directing her but giving her such a great part in such a smart script. You will start to question Mildred and you will start to defend Dixon.
The world is more complex than most movies would have you think, and it takes a writer of his remarkable ability to convey that. Not every speedbump given us by life teaches us tolerance. But what do we do with that knowledge? How do we channel our anger at an unjust world? Very few recent movies have made me laugh and cry in equal measure as much as this one. Very few films recently are this good.
Brian Tallerico is the Editor of RogerEbert. Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references. Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes. Woody Harrelson as Sheriff Bill Willoughby. Sam Rockwell as Officer Jason Dixon. Abbie Cornish as Anne.
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