Directors who create their own unique style of cinema usually tend to stand out in the long run. When you watch a Martin McDonagh film, you know you are watching a Martin McDonagh film, such is the current grip of the director over his skill. The director has already brought us gems like 'In Bruges' and 'Seven Psychopaths', but I'm tempted to believe that his latest film might be his best work yet.

The storm before the calm

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' is a comedy-drama starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson , Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, and John Hawkes. The film is set in the titlular town of Ebbing, Missouri, where a grieving mother desperately attempts to find justice for her recently deceased daughter.

Frances McDormand plays the mother in this film but she isn't your average grieving mother. Instead of waiting helplessly for the police led by Harrelson to do something about her daughter's murder, McDormand's character decides to take matters into her own hands and raise awareness about the injustice she faced by setting up three billboards with personalized messages for the cops and the community.

Unfortunately for Frances McDormand, the local law enforcement aren't very helpful. To make matters worse, the members of the community don't make things easy for her either. As we see in the trailer, McDormand is more than capable of holding her own in the situation and her attitude makes things a lot more interesting as the story unfolds.

What to expect

The subject matter of this film is heavy but it is handled expertly by Martin McDonagh, as he uses his unique brand of humour, violence, and awkward sensibilities to portray a tense situation playing out in a small town.

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As we can see in the trailer, the entire cast feels right at home in this setting especially Frances McDormand who comes across balanced yet unhinged in her portrayal of a grieving mother. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" looks fantastic and it is set to release later this year. You can catch the excellent trailer below until then.