A thought-provoking film that explores themes of grief, justice, and redemption in a small town in Missouri.
At the heart of the story is Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother who is frustrated with the local police department’s inability to find the culprit behind her daughter’s murder. In an effort to draw attention to the case, she rents three billboards on a quiet road outside town, bearing provocative messages that call out the police chief, William Willoughby, for his lack of action.
The film is a masterclass in writing, presenting a script that seamlessly weaves together humor and pathos, anger and empathy. The dialogue crackles with wit and authenticity, and the characters feel fully realized, each with their flaws and motivations.
The themes are timely and provocative, asking questions about the nature of justice, forgiveness, and personal responsibility. As a whole, the story refuses to offer easy answers or tidy resolutions, allowing the audience to grapple with the moral complexity of the story.
Perhaps too dark for a lot of people, this film will stay with you long after the credits roll. It’s a powerful meditation on grief, anger, and the human capacity for empathy and redemption, and it’s an engaging watch.
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