If you’ve ever wished you could hear Frances McDormand call a small-town television reporter a “retard”, boy do we have a treat for you today. The red band trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to the stellar In Bruges and the severely underrated Seven Psychopaths – is here, and it’s a head-spinner. Promising mucho creative profanity and a cast that includes McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage and Zeljko Ivanek (among many others), McDonagh is telling another blackly comic tale regarding small town murder and a mother who won’t let the police rest until they find her daughter’s killer.
Take a look (but really, you’re going to need three easy to soak in all the greatness):
Let’s be frank: Martin McDonagh is one of the greatest writers who ever lived. Beyond his cinematic work, plays like The Pillowman delve into the darkest subject matter (in that case, child killings) while still retaining a singular comedic sensibility that’s downright sidesplitting. Three Billboards seems to be a return to similar territory, as McDormand’s grief over perceived injustice is channeled into junior high crotch kicks and calling Sam Rockwell (who stole Seven Psychopaths) a “fuckhead”. The only thing missing is Colin Farrell, which I guess we’ll allow if the movie is as good as this trailer lets on.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens later this year. Needless to say, we can’t wait.