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Character: Penelope
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Written by: Martin McDonagh
Produced by: Graham Broadbent
Other cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Release date: 1 December 2017 (USA)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Running time: 1h 55min

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was released in the United States on November 10, 2017, and in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures; it has grossed $131 million worldwide. It received praise for McDonagh's screenplay and direction, and the performances of McDormand, Harrelson, and Rockwell. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (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.

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Film Synopsis

Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is grieving the rape and murder of her teenage daughter Angela that occurred seven months earlier. Angry over the lack of progress in the investigation, Mildred rents three abandoned billboards near her home, and posts on them: “Raped While Dying”, “And Still No Arrests?”, and “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” The billboards upset the townspeople, including Chief Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and Officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell), the latter being a racist and a violent alcoholic. The open secret that Willoughby suffers from terminal pancreatic cancer adds to everyone’s disapproval. Mildred and her son Robbie are harassed and threatened, but to Robbie’s chagrin, she stays firm about keeping the billboards up.

While Willoughby is sympathetic to Mildred’s frustration, he finds the billboards an unfair attack on his character. Angered by Mildred’s lack of respect for his authority, Dixon threatens businessman Red Welby, who had rented Mildred the billboards, and he arrests her friend and coworker, Denise, on trivial marijuana possession charges. Mildred is also visited by her abusive ex-husband Charlie, who blames her for their daughter’s death.

Willoughby brings Mildred in for questioning after she injures her dentist in an altercation in the dental clinic. During the interview, Willoughby coughs up blood. He leaves the hospital against medical advice and spends an idyllic day with his wife Anne and their two daughters, then commits suicide. He leaves suicide notes for several people, including one to Mildred, in which he explains that she was not a factor in his suicide and that he secretly paid to keep the billboards up for another month, amused at the trouble this will bring her and hope that they will keep attention on the murder. Mildred is threatened by a crop-haired stranger in her store. Dixon reacts to the news of Willoughby’s death by assaulting Welby and throwing him out of a window. This is witnessed by Willoughby’s replacement, Abercrombie, who fires Dixon.

The billboards are destroyed by arson. Mildred retaliates by tossing Molotov cocktails at the police station, which she believes is unoccupied for the night. However, Dixon is there to read a letter left for him by Willoughby, which advises him to let go of hate and learn to love, as the only way to realize his wish to become a detective. Dixon escapes with Angela’s case file but suffers severe burns. Mildred’s acquaintance James witnesses the incident and provides Mildred with an alibi, claiming they were on a date. Dixon is treated for his burns, and he is temporarily confined in the same hospital room as Welby, to whom he apologizes.

Discharged from the hospital, Dixon overhears the man who threatened Mildred bragging in a bar of an incident similar to Angela’s murder. He notes the Idaho license plate number of the man’s vehicle, then provokes a fight by scratching the man’s face. At home later, he removes a sample of the man’s DNA from under his fingernails. Meanwhile, Mildred goes on a date with James to thank him for the alibi. Charlie enters with his 19-year-old girlfriend Penelope, and he admits to burning the billboards. Mildred tells Charlie to treat Penelope well, and she leaves.

Abercrombie informs Dixon that the DNA sample does not match DNA found on Angela’s body and that the man was overseas on military duty and had come back to the country 9 months before. Dixon stays confused and does not connect the clues. Still his instinct tells him the guy is guilty. Mildred and Dixon conclude that the man must be guilty of some other rape, and set out for Idaho to kill him. On the way, Mildred confesses to Dixon that she set the police station fire, though he indicates that he knew it was her all along. They express reservations about their mission but agree to decide what to do along the way. (Source)

Film Promotion

On November 3, 2017, Samara and the cast attended the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. The premiere was held at the NeueHouse Hollywood, and the entire cast was in attendance! This was the only promotional event Samara attended ahead of the award season.


It early became evident that Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri would be featured heavily throughout the 2018 Awards Season, with the film and cast receiving nominations at every award show there is. With the film being up for awards such as “Best Ensemble” and “Best Picture”, Samara 4 major award shows with the cast and crew: the Golden Globe Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards, The Screen Actors Guild Awards and the main award itself – the Oscars!


Film Reception

Box office

As of March 4, 2018, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has grossed $52 million in the United States and Canada, and $79 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $131 million.

In its limited opening weekend, the film made $322,168 from four theaters for a per-theater average of $80,542, the fourth best of 2017. The film made $1.1 million from 53 theaters in its second weekend and $4.4 million from 614 in its third, finishing a respective 9th and 10th at the box office. In the weekend following its four Golden Globe wins the film was added to 712 theaters (for a total of 1,022) and grossed $2.3 million, and increase of 226% from the previous week’s $706,188.[21] The weekend of January 27, 2018, following the announcement of the film’s seven Oscar nominations, it made $3.6 million (an increase of 87% over the previous week’s $1.9 million), finishing 13th.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film had an approval rating of 92% based on 315 reviews, and an average rating of 8.5/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama – and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film had a weighted average score of 88 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale.

Owen Gleiberman of Variety praised the film’s performances, stating “It’s Mildred’s glowering refusal to back down that defines her, and McDormand brilliantly spotlights the conflicted humanity beneath the stony façade,” and called Rockwell’s performance a “revelation”. Steve Pond, writing for TheWrap, praised McDonagh’s writing, calling it “Very funny, very violent and surprisingly moving”.

Conversely, others have criticized the film’s script. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote “[McDonagh’s] jokes can be uninterestingly glib with tiny, bloodless pricks that are less about challenging the audience than about obscuring the material’s clichés and overriding theatricality”. In a column for The Daily Beast, liberal blogger Ira Madison III called the film’s treatment of Rockwell’s character “altogether offensive,” arguing that the character’s described racism was handled insensitively, writing “McDonagh’s attempts to script the black experience in America are often fumbling and backward and full of outdated tropes”.

Accolades

At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress – Drama (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Rockwell), and Best Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Score. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, it received nine nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress in a Leading Role (McDormand), and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for both Rockwell and Harrelson. It won five awards, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film (making it the only film along with The King’s Speech to win both awards since the latter category was reintroduced in 1992) while both McDormand and Rockwell won the Lead Actress and Supporting Actor awards respectively.[34] It was nominated for four awards at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning three, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. At the 90th Academy Awards it received seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Frances McDormand, Best Original Screenplay for Martin McDonagh and two Best Supporting Actor nominations for both Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. McDormand and Rockwell took home their respective awards.

It was named one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. At the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the film won its top prize, the People’s Choice Award. At the 2017 San Sebastián International Film Festival, it won the Audience Award.

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