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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [Aug. 24th, 2018|01:37 pm]
Tony Grist
 Wikipedia tells me McDormand was consciously channelling John Wayne's performance in Liberty Valance and Rockwell was channelling Lee Marvin's- which makes it a Western, I guess.

"Think of it as a Western" is what I'd say to those who criticise its lack of social realism. It isn't meant to be a dissection of the politics and manners of small town America; it's a morality tale- which is what Westerns commonly are. 

None of the reviews and comments I've read makes the point that seems obvious to me- that it's primarily a film about anger- so I'll make it here.
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[User Picture]From: qos
2018-08-24 02:07 pm (UTC)
I've read so many conflicting reviews of this movie. . . Thanks for sharing this info. It definitely adds a new perspective.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-24 03:17 pm (UTC)
A lot of people love it, a lot hate it. I'm in the first camp.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-08-24 02:30 pm (UTC)

I saw it recently on a transatlantic flight and I agree with you completely. I was so struck by the violence of anger which did dissolve somewhat in the end but also by the sharpness of despair.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-24 03:26 pm (UTC)
I like how unpredictable it is. I didn't expect Harrelson's character to exit the way he did; I didn't expect the ending either.
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[User Picture]From: fflo
2018-08-24 07:57 pm (UTC)
I felt much the same way. At the beginning I remember being a little "eh" around the bad cop being two-dimensional/all-bad/super-bad, even if that's not exactly unbelievable. What happens with anger and what happens in that car ride at the end, when they keep driving even tho we no longer think they're going to go through with it--- it's quite something. Complicated, and not a phenomenon that gets depicted in movies much.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-25 07:47 am (UTC)
Yes- people can change. Rockwell's character starts the movie eaten up with rage- but then things happen to him- and he begins to see there are other ways to be; I don't find that unrealistic.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-08-24 08:09 pm (UTC)

You and I have very similar reactions to the film which was, for me, a masterpiece of surprise. I liked it very much indeed.

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