Thoughts On: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - The Tickle Between Us


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - The Tickle Between Us

Quick Thoughts: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

A town is pulled into turmoil when three billboards are raised on an obscure back road.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a dramatic masterpiece, and a story about laughter. Thematically reminiscent of both Sullivan's Travels and Bresson's L'Argent, Three Billboards uses drama to question the humanity of its subjects and to explore what defines and joins us as humans. This something is not pretty, but it is touching. This something is not obvious, but it is profound. This something is not what brings us to our knees, but is what has us rise up to our feet. This something might as well be laughter - if not, maybe it is something to, at the very least, smile at.

Substituting melodrama for dark comedy, Three Billboards confronts the corruption within a society and sees, not political conundrums, not issues of law, but conflicts of humanity. A surprise to anyone who views the world with naive or ideologically bound eyes, this film is both harshly unforgiving and unconditionally empathetic as it asks its characters what it is that they are doing, what it is that they should be doing and, above all, why. Examining something beyond ego, the focus of this film is that intangible line that binds one person to another, whether they be an enemy, a friend, a neighbour or a stranger in a distant part of the world. Seeing this line bend and morph as people do is the source of the deep profundity in this film. Seeing this line, for lack of a better word, tickle its constituents is the source of the unfathomable poignancy in this film.

Without needing to explain any further, all I can end on is a firm recommendation that you do not miss what is certainly one of the very best films of this year. If you have seen Three Billboards, however, what are your thoughts?

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