Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is homely yet violent – a greetings card spattered with gore

Beneath the little flecks of brain and bone, the Hallmark logo is unmistakable.

Unlike the plays on which Martin McDonagh’s reputation rests, his films (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) evoke a Tarantino-esque flippancy that was already passé before he first called “Action!” He alternates shock effects with cockle-warming ones, but screen violence can seem distasteful when placed alongside homely sentiment as it is in his latest film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The result suggests a greeting card spattered with gore. Beneath the little flecks of...
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2018-01-12 19:20
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