Martin McDonagh’s latest has more in common with his brooding “In Bruges” than with star Francis McDormand’s signature “Fargo.” As she did with her North Dakota persona, she does with Mildred in Missouri. Only this time it is in spades. The sing-song, live and let live attitude of the northern tier is replaced by the Show Me attitude of the feuding clans of lore. Mildred is mad and everybody is going to know it.
The titular three billboards are aimed at easy going long-time police chief Willoughby, played with perfection by the master himself, Woody Harrelson. It is hard to say which character Harrelson plays best, the criminal or the cop, because he is such a joy to watch doing either. (CONTINUED)