Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★½

I was not expecting this to be an all out Western. A character committed to justice no matter the cost, takes the law into her own hands and violence ensues across a lawless frontier. It also deals with lore and myths.

Frances McDormand gives her most iconic performance since Almost Famous.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri giddily bounces between violent set-piece and characters proselytizing. The film depends on the character of Mildred (McDormand) to surprise and subvert whatever expectations we have for her. That danger and element of surprise carries all the way to the final moments of the film. Like Mildred, closure is a long way off for the viewer.