Director: Martin McDonagh
Writers: Martin McDonagh
Actors: Frances McDormand (Oscar Best Actress); Sam Rockwell (Oscar Best Supporting Actor), Woody Harrelson
I love the way audiences have evolved. Through the years we’ve seen black actors struggle to prove their relevance in the motion picture industry, and today, they are respected, honored and embraced. In years past, it was big movies like "Cleopatra" and "Ben Hur" which have captured the most Oscars and acclaim.
It impresses me that now more and more people are embracing smaller pictures which celebrate the human condition. This movie is directed with such unabashed honesty we are forced to face serious personal flaws in the characters. McDonagh directed with such unflinching focus into the harsh realities of life, we can’t help but engage in the story
McDormand plays the role of Mildred, a woman who is mean and bitchy, and whose actions are downright unforgivable. Yet, she faces us with such naked honesty we find ourselves still caring about her and wanting her to triumph. Mildred's character echoes with grief so sharp we can’t deny the reality of it. I kept wondering if, in Mildred’s place, I could ever act with such passionate and fearless courage.
Woody Harrelson does a fine job portraying a conflicted lawman. While his job requires otherwise, he feels compassion for McDormand’s unswerving desire to find justice for her murdered daughter. Also deserving his Oscar, Sam Rockwell is another treacherous human who ultimately is forced to face his failings.
If McDormand and Rockwell had each been less honest in portraying their roles, the ending would have been dismissive and unbelievable. Because they were both so good, we realize there is no other way it could have ended.
TAGS: Three Billboards, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson