I love love loved Three Billboards. I was sceptical going in as there’s obviously a whole lot of hype but boy did it live up to it!
This film is so perfectly of the moment what could be more apt for the year of #metoo, of women standing up for themselves than a film about a woman standing up for herself and her daughter who was raped and killed. She wants justice and she will stop at nothing to get it.
This is no fairytale, no neatly tied up loose ends and certainly no happy ending. This is about broken people in a dead end town trying to find some joy and purpose in life and trying to fix their hurt. It is deeply emotional and raw and will have you sobbing within minutes. Yet amongst all this heart ache and rage and anger there is comedy, it is darkly funny and so entertaining. And so real. I laughed and I cried and I came out wanting to kick some ass!
I was sure Sally Hawkins was a shoe in for best actress until I saw Frances Mcdormand. Terrifying and unswerving in her determination to find her daughters killer. She is resolutely unsmiling and tough yet at the same time so vulnerable, McDormand shows us it all. I seriously hope she wins the Best Actress award because quite honestly this is one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long long time.
Every performance given in this film is so great, Woody Harrelson is wonderful as per usual and Sam Rockwell blew me away. He plays the racist and idiotic deputy who goes on to show surprising depth.
I never expected the story to go where it goes, I thought I went in knowing what this film would be but I was so so wrong. I want this to win Best Picture so badly, it is a fantastic film and far and away my favourite of the nominees. Plus it has a truly awesome soundtrack! Fingers crossed for the win!