Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (no spoilers)
Just watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I've heard a lot of praise, however, after watching the movie I can't agree with the sentiment. I just found too many events that I couldn't believe and the movie felt like it was always meandering in directions that didn't add to a whole cohesive story.
Three Billboards tries to be a Coen brothers neo-noir but the difference is, in Fargo every event felt like it actually happened, and as crazy as everything was, it felt like in the course of those events something like that could actually go down - every character's action felt like someone in their shoes had done something like that in real life, and every consequence felt like in some real local newspaper, someone had to write about it. When that movie said it was based on a true story, you bought it. With this movie everything always felt scripted. Creating situations just because they seem cool.
I don't think a movie has to be rooted in reality, but this movie sets out to create a sense of realism. This isn't Commando, this is a movie that wants you to think that somewhere in a small town, this is playing out right now. What's worse, if it wasn't some unbelievable "event" the other type of scene offered always dipped its toes into the melodramatic. I was either supposed to be crying or throwing my fist in the air shouting, "bad ass!" and it was made very clear when I should do what.
It sounds like I'm bashing the movie, but in reality I just didn't like it, it wasn't for me. I can understand its popularity and think we need more movies like this one, movies that make us look at the real world around us with a sense of fantasy.
To those who really liked the movie, I'm curious to hear why. I'd love to debate this one, I think it's worth debate and that's a huge complement to the movie. At no point did I feel like I was watching a movie i'd seen a million times, like with the Marvel movies and Star Wars. Although I didn't like the movie, it did surprise me, and that's always a great movie viewing experience.