It is a known fact that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is one of the top contenders for Oscars 2018. But the glory of the film is not in the fact that the narrative completely reduces a complicated issue to a mere contest between individuals. It actually provokes you to question about U.S.A. and what it is all about?
The film opens with a beautiful photographs of three abandoned huge billboards in the countryside. There is a sense of irony about the whole scene, it seems as if commerce is facing a despairing decay without no apparent way out. Then the entire narrative turns to Mildred played by Frances McDormand whose teenage daughter is raped and murdered. Convinced with the fact that the police are not trying hard enough to nab the culprits, she displays three provocative messages in the billboards.
The first one reads “Raped while dying”, the second one says “And still no arrests”, while the third one goes as “how come Chief Willoughby?” Mildred who is an otherwise haphazard person making her living by selling knick-knacks in a souvenir shop, has designed three posters which look extremely professional with black lettering on a pinkish red. One is definitely stuck by this bold melodramatic gesture and what started out as a mere murder mystery soon becomes a contest between individuals where one will win and the other will lose.
The police here is reduced to a bunch of caricatures. Everyone in ‘Three Billboards’ look for an amazing fight. Chief Willoughby seems to be perfectly satisfied that everything has been done to find the murderer. And Mildred is the righteous underdog who is dignified and dangerous. She is a woman who is looking for a revenge. Mildred looks almost like the female Rambo and she is here to seek justice. This film is a typical mix of Western classic, cowboy theatrics and Ramboish fight sequences. It appears that in order to have justice, you must be tough and be on the good side.