Loss, Laughter…Pain no Pleasure…Don’t Miss it.
It’s a haunting beautiful moment as we are invited into Ebbing and the billboards. Then it starts; Mildred rents the fallow billboards placing “Raped while dying”, “Still no arrests” and finally, “How come, Chief Willoughby?”
Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) is the local police chief; Mildred (Frances McDormand) holds him and Dixon (Sam Rockwell) a morally twisted police officer, responsible. Her fierce rage is kept embedded as she entangles the whole town into the mess.
McDonough has written about a town in pain without boundaries. It is a brilliant brutal look at what happens to us when we feel injustice and grief to its finality.
There is a flavour of Twin Peaks mixed with Fawlty Towers, so you laugh and cry; pain and pleasure are pitched together. There is fire, violence and surprise, in every possible disguise… the growth of the characters is written and given to us with shocking clarity.
This is an ensemble piece; this movie maker is most insightful.
It is one hell of a movie… please don’t miss it.