In his film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, writer-director Martin McDonagh creates a compelling parable regarding suffering, justice and solidarity. This unfiltered and witty, dark comedy examines the interlaced connections between humans and non-human agents during periods of anguish. Frequently, the ensuing communication includes abusive or belittling language and violent physical attacks. These extraordinary assaults are then contrasted with small gestures of kindness. While the film has faced various critiques, this piece of cinema creates a dynamic narrative to consider the human experience of grief and experiencing grace from one’s enemies. In doing so, Three Billboards paints an inclusive message of solidarity with its exaggerated characters and offers insight into audience expectations of heroes and villains.
"Solidarity Beyond Obligation: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 22:
3, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol22/iss3/1