I think some people saw this at the LFF but I'm starting a thread as it's released this coming Friday and is likely to be popular here. I caught up with it yesterday and found it so riveting and impressive that I almost wanted to see it again straight away because there was so much to take in. As usual with a Martin Mcdonagh script, the humour is very black and I was aware of laughing at things I felt I shouldn't be - and, interestingly, I seemed to find it funnier than did anyone else at my screening - but somehow those moments still jarred less than the few which I felt were too sentimental and unnecessary.
Happy to see this win three Golden Globes last night (in particular Sam Rockwell), I had issues with the ending when I saw it (mainly because it doesn't tie things up easily) but now nearly three months on, I think it suits the film, and unlike a lot of U.S. mainstream films, it assumes its audience has an intelligence and doesn't spell everything out to it.
Post by AddisonMizner on Jan 14, 2018 18:24:51 GMT
Absolutely ADORED this film when I saw it this afternoon. The writing was extraordinary, balancing extremely dark humour with moments of utter heart-break, sometimes within just a few lines. The story was gripping, with many surprising twists and turns, and the characters were some of the most three-dimensional,I have seen in any film, each having their own arc, and moments in which you didn’t like them, but then totally sympathised.
The performances were also extremely strong in al, respects - proper actor performances, thanks to some wonderfully understated direction.
I am sure there is so much I have missed, but I can’t wait to see it again. JUST GO!
What a year for Martin McDonagh fans...! First this, then the revival of The Lieutenant later in the year, finishing off with his Very, Very, Very Dark Matter to see us out at The Bridge. If it weren’t a cliche, I’d throw in the line about buses...
I’ll admit that none of the excerpts I’ve seen has had me hooked, so I was wary of seeing Billboards. And I wasn’t overkeen on Psychopaths. Maybe it had steered too far away from the not so cosy corners of Ireland for my liking. But I needn’t have feared: this film has it all. Except a bit of romance, I suppose. And as has been commented already, it can switch from a moment of his unique brand of awkward hilarity to gut-wrenching tenderness on a pin head. The performances are uniformly brilliant (nice to see Clarke Peters again- his chocolate-like voice is one of the highlights of the RAH Chess, for me), the locations are both gritty and stunningly beautiful, and the story is... well... only Martin McDonagh could come up with something like this. Utterly, totally brilliant.
A full five stars. (And this is even after two breakdowns during the viewing due to powercuts, both of which couldn’t have been more untimely timed!)