Well acted, messy plot, and overall - really?
I like a good drama, have liked these actors (and still do) but this movie sucked. Would have been fine as a 15 minute treatment, but obviously the premise itself (rape/murder)was not enough to carry the film. Add in character assassination, terminal illness, subsequent suicide, assault (dentist), arson, battery by a cop, another arson, battery to a former cop, reference to alleged racially-tainted-police-brutality, racism, domestic violence, dwarfism bigotry, and, to cap it off, a planned revenge killing. Any one of these is enough conflict for any one movie, but the studio/director/producer/whoever has included them all! And in one little town in a matter of days!
I know there is an stumped suspense of disbelief when watching a movie, but come on for a documentary-drama style film, this is way over the top.
2 thumbs down in our house.
Saw it in theaters and I went in not expecting much..... I’m glad I saw it because it’s done so well
I'm at a loss for words....brilliant.
Life is not drama, life is not comedy, life is big fat mixed bag of it all and no writer handles that truth as deftly as Martin Mcdonagh. The test of a good witer, in my opinion, is the ability to make you get choked up in one moment and in the next make you snort with laughter. This movie is a beautiful example of that skill. I was really looking forward to this movie and not only did it not disapoint but it greatly exceeded my expectations. Every role from the smallest to the leads is perfectly played, the writing is perfection, the story surprises you and does not fall in to anything close to cliches or obvious routes; I could not have loved it more. The best proof of a great movie is that I thought about it and wanted to talk about it to anyone I could find for the next 24 hours. The best.
Too close to home
Fan of dark humor and dark drama so this one is a hit. Living in rural America, though, it really isn’t that far off the mark. Interesting. Loved it.
You can't great movie out of a bad script.
The best thing about this movie is acting. Everyone in this movie, gave their best in the term of acting. But when it comes to the most important part of movive, the script, this movie is just bad.
If only the police brutality, to minorities, in this movie had shown us that their the real consequnces toware the law enforacement who commited such a horrible crime. But No, there isn't.
Also It's really hard for me to feel anything for the mother, Frances's character becasue the whole tregidy happended because the mother had the flight with her own daughter. The mother even said right before her daughter ran away, and fached her worst tregedy, that " I wish you got raped"!!!!
And the worst of all, at the end of moive, there's NO conclusion, there's resolutions. The smart script would at least will give you something to make you know that the whole 2 hours hasn't been in vain. The police who commited brutality and the person who committed the crime just move on with their lives. And the mother keeps on living her bitter life. And all the F words that really really unnecessary indeed. This movie is unintellegnce, uninsprire and unforgiving.
Somewhat flawed, but well-acted film
By Rhythm Oriented
Given the recent critical praise, I really wanted to like this, but the pacing paired with plot holes (minor spoilers on next paragraph) made for a less-than-satisfying viewing experience. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson have finally received the recognition they deserve, and Frances McDormand was stellar as always, but they could not fight their way out of a half-baked screenplay that presents more questions than answers: usually a good thing, but that probably will not translate into a worthwhile two hour investment of time for most viewers.
Some plot holes and directorial missteps include (some spoilers ahead)
1. a burn victim being discharged from the hospital in an unrealistic time frame in order to advance the story
2. arson not being investigated beyond brief questioning
3. several other directorial decisions that do not correlate with characters’ given personalities, including someone climbing a billboard to extinguish fire instead of doing so from a safer perspective
4. coincidental placement of characters in shops, restaurants and other locations; acceptable in a small town, but occurring so frequently that the overall screenplay comes off as contrived
Completely unnecessary, totally and awkwardly forced profanity that wasn’t anything near authentic. Pretty much ruined the entire movie. But hey, if you’re into that sort of thing, have a blast.
Wasn’t really funny, plot was slow and unbelievable in a that would never happen sense, and the movie tried to be to many genres. RT rating is on crack ....as usual
Great movie dark funny and sad, watch it you won’t regret it. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
A beautiful movie. Beautiful, human and raw. Frances McD and Sam Rockwell are amazing. Sam’s journey is beautiful. This is a must see. Best film of the year by far