mar’s review published on Letterboxd:
This didn't put an end to shit, you fucking retard, this is just the fucking start. Why don't you put that on your Good Morning Missouri fucking wake up broadcast, bitch?
Some randoms thoughts:
- If I'm correct there are 7 women in this film. The journalist, the best friend Denise, Anne, the daughter, the 19 years old girlfriend, the girl who works with Welby, Mildred. The journalist isn't in the main concern of the narrative. The best friend Denise, who should have a main role in this, is arrested for possession of Marijuana and is absent most of the film, making it look like the director only chose her for diversity, which he complains about the entire movie, but really does nothing about. Anne is Willoughby's wife, has no major role in the film, but somehow managed to move from Australia and find such a specific town in the US. The daughter Angela, the main concern of the narrative, is a complete enigma, we know nothing about her, except for that scene in which she wishes she was raped, which I hardly think someone would say in real life ever. The 19 years old girlfriend and the girl who works with Welby have one thing in common: they're dumb (just another typical portrait of women in the media). Moreover, it bothers me that, throughout the film, no one was concerned about warning the girl about her abusive boyfriend, Charlie. Last but not the least, we have Mildred. An incredible strong woman, not scared of anything nor worried about other people, but always scared of her husband and saved by her son. I know that many times abusive relationships work that way, but I don't agree that this image should keep being portrayed.
- Martin McDonagh tries to show concern about police brutality but fails. He created three characters (Denise, Jerome and Abercrombie) that could have been incredibly strong and contradict the racism speech, but he decided not to do that. Instead we have Willoughby and Dixon. Somehow it's okay for Willoughby to overlook police brutality, racism, homophobia and sexism because he has cancer. And then we have Dixon, a racist and homophobic guy, who becomes a changed man after he reads the letter left by Willoughby and Welby (who he threw outside the window) offers him a glass of orange juice. And the thing is, there's not even some kind of apology to Abercrombie or a thank you to Denise or Jerome at the local bar (when he gets spanked in the bar. Yes, because Denise and Jerome somehow managed to know each other??? Maybe because they're both black in a town owned by white people??), nothing. There is no redemption scene for his sins at the movie. Nope, his idea is to go kill another guy.
- The lack of continuity with some scenes/characters is enormous. McDonagh makes an effort to address every single hot topic in today's society, turning the script into a complete mess. First, it's weird that it's a Catholic Priest going to Mildred's house, even though most people in Missouri are Christians, they're Protestant and not Catholic. Second, I'm well aware that McDonagh was trying to have his Spotlight (2015) moment, but it was completely displaced from the narrative. Third, Father Montgomery is such an important figure in Ebbing, but somehow manages to never show up again. Then we have James, or as they like to call him: Midget . Why on earth is James there? To take good care of Mildred when she's a complete idiot to him or to serve as a punchline? Just bad writing.