Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Full of anger, grief and frustration, director Martin McDonagh presents an unlikely premise in a wretched scenario.
The small town of Ebbing has had a terrible incident, but months later, it still remains unsolved. The mother, poetically played by Frances McDormand, seeks justice, and thinks of a unique way to get attention, and some answers.
What unravels is the unsettling police police department, a helpless Woody Harrelson and a violent Sam Rockwell, who add to the despair in their own ways.
A raw and unapologetic story where there is no respite, and the audience comes out seeking answers to questions they didn’t know they had.
Jon M. Chu directs the second instalment of Now you see me, a film that held appeal in its first part and tried to up the ante in the second.
The attempt wasn’t entirely unsuccessful, with the original cast up to its usual shenanigans. It was joined by some new members and a surprisingly convincing Daniel Radcliffe, as a ‘man-child’ villain. His father is another surprise. They are caricature antagonists, not to be taken seriously but enough to move the plot along.
The proceedings aren’t entirely predictable, but could have been more funny and edgy. The end result was a satisfactory film with enough twists and turns which led to a goofy climax.
Magic is deception, we trust the magician and believe the trick. This film shows the skills of 4 illusionists and others entwined in their story. High production value scenes packed with crowds and spectacles, interspersed with a FBI/Interpol agent chase give it a fairly fast pace. The acts leave you wondering ‘how??’ and thankfully, you are given answers. Soon the plot takes on a ‘whodunnit’ angle and you are left guessing. The end was not predictable, but a bit of a downer. Probably one scene less and the punch would be just right.