3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Coen Brothersy small-town drama.

If you’re afraid that Hail Caesar! was the beginning of a downward spiral for the Coen Brothers, we may have a future replacement in our midst. Three Billboards writer/Director Martin McDonagh mirrors their winning formula of birdbrained characters in amusing scenarios.

Mildred (Frances McDormand) is angry that her daughter’s grisly murder case is still unsolved. She conjures up a plan when she notices three unused billboards, to the horror of Police Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell).

A superb cast has been put together here, and it really makes the most of a fairly uncompelling storyline. Even Peter Dinklage (Tyrion from Game of Thrones) and Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out) star in minor roles. McDonagh still has a way to go if he wants to reach the level of Fargo or Burn After Reading, but he’s certainly headed in the right direction.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri premieres in Sweden on 16 February 2018.

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