I absolutely loved director Martin McDonagh’s “In Bruges”. It had the oddest combination of melancholy and black humour, and it worked like magic. His follow-up “Seven Psychopaths” wasn’t as good, but it was still pretty funny in spots. McDonagh has reunited with a good chunk of his cast from that movie on the awkwardly titled “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, with a new leading lady at the centre and it’s none other than the wonderful Frances McDormand.
If this unabashedly profane and violent red-band trailer is anything to go by, this might end up one of my favourite films of the year. It’s got some truly hilarious moments in it, which are immediately recognisable to anyone familiar with McDonagh’s work. In the midst of all that, a dark subject matter. Can’t wait to see this.
Here is the official synopsis: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Clarke Peters, Samantha Weaving with John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage. It’s slated to make its world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, followed by a release sometime later this year.