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Movie Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’ve had a busy week of work and writing and winter. Ugh. I’m so done with winter. I’m ready for spring and summer and hot humid days.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Movie Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lisa Orchard

But enough about that. Today, I’d like to talk about a movie I saw this weekend.   It’s titled, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.”  It’s the story of Mildred, a grieving single mother. Her daughter, who she has a tumultuous relationship with, has been raped and murdered. Mildred is grieving her loss and she feels especially guilty because she had a fight with her daughter right before she died.

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Mildred has not had an easy life. She’s divorced from her husband who was physically abusive to her, and she has a tumultuous relationship with her kids. We enter the story months after her daughter has been raped and murdered. Mildred is full of rage. Her daughter’s killer hasn’t been caught, so she buys three billboards outside of town and asks the chief of policy why on those billboards.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Move Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lisa Orchard

The police chief is the thread in the story that binds all these characters together. He understands them. He’s dying of cancer though, and he leaves letters for police officer Dixon, who is also full of rage, Mildred, and of course his wife.

It’s a heartbreaking story that illustrates what grief can do to a person. Mildred directs her rage at anyone who gets in her way. She tries to burn down the police department and ends up injuring Officer Dixon. One that she’s been at odds with throughout the movie.

Toward the end, they don’t exactly become friends, but they have a common enemy and they develop an alliance. This story is full of rich, broken characters and it illustrates how grief can break us and make us stronger at the same time.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Movie Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lisa Orchard

The character development in this movie is amazing and I highly recommend it. It’s a great chick-flick that goes deep into each flawed character, so by the end you understand them.

So, there you have it. A great movie to watch on a cold winter’s night when you don’t want to leave your warm and cozy house. It’s a great one to watch when you want to see something that goes deeper into the human condition.

How about you? What movies do you recommend for a cold and rainy winter’s night? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!


I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

12 thoughts on “Movie Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    1. Exactly! I’m surprised it wasn’t nominated for some oscars! I love Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson! Thanks for stopping by, Beth and sharing your thoughts!

  1. I am always looking for good movies to watch so I love this wonderful review of Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. It sounds like a poignant film that blends character and narrative wonderfully. ❤

  2. Loved this movie! Brilliant! A well-deserved Oscar for McDormand. Thanks for sharing your review, Lisa. A hands-down winner! Cheers, girlfriend!

    1. I love Frances McDormand. She always seems to get the humanity of the character on the screen. I haven’t seen Nomadland yet, but it’s on my list. I loved her in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. You described the movie perfectly. It shows the humanity in all of us.

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