Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Oscar Project 2018: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This was a divisive nominee this year, and I'm firmly on the "NOPE" side. This had its interesting moments but I just didn't think it was that good. And more importantly, it used violence toward women and black men in a simplistic way in order to redeem racist, sexist white men who never really had to reckon with their actions or beliefs. There are definitely thoughtful ways to deal with these themes, but this didn't seem to put in the work, and it wants to get points for "addressing" cops killing black men and the lack of justice for rape victims without really... doing much. And, again, at heart it's all about redeeming the white men, not about the marginalized crime victims themselves. Just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Availability: This has been in theaters seemingly forever and will apparently never leave, presumably just to spite me.

Nominated In:
Best Picture: No, thank you.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Woody Harrelson - was fine! I have no issues with his acting; he didn't write the thing.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell - fine I guess? Not great!

Actress in a Leading Role: I know Frances McDormand is the favorite here and, again, I think she did a good job with what she was given, but I wouldn't say she was great, and the part was much less interesting than at least two of the other nominees in the category.

Film Editing: Meh. Whatever. Didn't strike me as particularly good nor bad.

Music (Original Score): I literally do not remember a single note of this score.

Writing (Original Screenplay): Please god no.

Catch up on all my Oscar Project posts.

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