Friday, March 24, 2017

Violent, filthy red band trailer debuts for Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is one of those movies that drew me in based on the concept and talent alone. When I first read the synopsis a few months ago, the third film from Martin McDonagh sounded like a perfect riff on the folksy charm of Fargo, with all the shocking violence and dark humor that defined the Coen Brothers' iconic classic. The story of a strong-willed mother who goes to war against a lazy, racist police department in a small town is inherently fascinating, and the fact that the film stars Frances McDormand (the star of the 1996 film), Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges, and more absurdly talented actors doesn't hurt either. According to some of the big Oscar bloggers, Three Billboards is quite possibly going to be one of the biggest films of the 2017-18 season, which is somewhat surprising given McDonagh's relative lack of Oscar history. But with distribution from Fox Searchlight and the potential for a Telluride/Toronto premiere, there's no question that this dark comedy is being positioned for major success. Yesterday, Searchlight revealed the incredibly profane red band trailer for the film. Check it out below!

Even if you were excited for Three Billboards before like I was, this trailer takes the anticipation to a whole different level. Frances McDormand looks nothing short of incredible as Mildred Hayes, and although it's only March, yesterday's trailer debut sends her straight to the top of the Best Actress shortlist. I haven't seen McDonagh's previous two films (In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths), but if he's able to channel this kind of acidic comedic lunacy for the entire runtime, Three Billboards will be one of the can't-miss films of 2017. This looks genuinely vulgar and vicious, a unique cross between sharp comedy and grisly violence delivered with a killer kick. The atmosphere looks just about perfect, the performances look universally astounding, and the material couldn't be any more compelling. This is a brilliantly cut trailer, down to the details of every perfectly dropped f-bomb and each brutal punch to the face. I am all in for Three Billboards, and based on this trailer and the tremendous buzz, it seems like we could have a modern classic on our hands.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri currently does not have a release date, but Fox Searchlight will debut the film sometime in 2017.

Image Credit: IMDB/Fox

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