Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★½

Tonally wretched and emotionally dull, Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards' is a mean-spirited mess of a film that hides behind the guise of it's so-called "social commentary" as it searches for some kind of point or purpose for its existence.
I wasn't entirely sure what point the film was trying to make as all the characters are portrayed as archetypal stereotypes and what's worse is that it plays these characters seriously. Perhaps this is why the putrid attempts at humor fall flat on its face everytime it is used.
The performances are fine, considering the material that the actors have to work with; snappy dollar store Tarantino-esque dialogue with a bit of Coen Brother's absurdism mixed in. Tonally, it made no sense!
Also, what the hell is the soundtrack? It's like this Disney channel movie of the week score with sentimental string and bumpy guitars straight out of an awkward scene from a rom-com. It just totally messes with the tone.
Overall, I did not like 'Three Billboards' at all. It is a competently made film, with some nice camera work and some impressive directorial and stylistic choices here and there. But the film amounts to nothing more but a soulless diatribe into social satire that wants be a Tarantino film that wants to be Coen Brothers film but fails to be a good film.

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