I attended the opening of the Cinema One Originals Film Festival yesterday and the opening film was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and it was amazing. As I said in the article, I knew nothing about the film except that Frances McDormand’s performance has put her as the frontrunner for the Oscar’s Best Actress race with a lot of film critics praising her for another career highlight.
Read my review here: ‘Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri” is truly Oscar-worthy (InterAksyon).
To be honest, the whole cast is splendid and I’m so happy to see Samara Weaving from The Babysitter to be here and doing amazing work as well with the rest of the cast that includes Lukas Hedges, John Hawkes, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and the amazing Sam Rockwell.
I had no expectations but didn’t think I was going to enjoy this film so much. It broke many of the fundamental rules of storytelling, which I’ve been teaching to my Scriptwriting classes, but it did it so effectively that it was magnificent. You never really know what’s coming but everything is justified and proven. The narrative just unfolds effortlessly despite it starting right smack dab at act two of any conventional outline of a story.
I’m sure this will bag a nomination for Best Film and Director and probably score a win for Best Original Screenplay.