Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Like Dunkirk this summer, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a film that is easier for me to admire than to actively root for. In addition to Sam Rockwell’s performance of a lifetime, I particularly recognize what a great and solid script this is. Its twists and turns would not feel as Shakespearean were they not anchored in strong commentary about family, guilt, and second chances.

Similarly, its humor, some of it very outrageous, would feel out of place if the script did not take the effort to paint the characters not like broad figures, but as genuine humans, deserving of our time and yes, even compassion.

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