That moment when you feel guilty for laughing at a time that should be a sad or real moment. There were a lot of those moments in this hardcore and raw drama set in Ebbing Missouri. I had to look it up on imdb.com if this was under the category of a comedy. Believe it or not, it is considered a comedy, crime, and drama. That relief I felt finding that it was okay to laugh when I shouldn’t, was great. If any of you decide to go see this movie in theatres, for any reason than award considerations, you are in for a mixed emotion thrill ride with a A+ cast as you guide.
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The amazing Frances McDormand takes us on an emotional journey into the life of tough as nails Mildred Hayes who is having a tough time handling the death of her teenage daughter who was murdered by an unknown criminal. The case unfortunately was never solved which doesn’t give her any closer. I mentioned earlier that Mildred is tough as nails so she decides to challenge the local police and put a fire under their asses to solve the case after time has passed by posting a blunt, straight to the point, and to some graphic message on three distinctive billboards close to her home, to the chief of the town and lead on the case Chief Willoughby, played by the brilliant Woody Harrelson. This starts a spiraling reaction to not only the police but the whole town of Ebbing with people who agree and disagree with her tactics to obtain justice.
Can you believe that we are finally here? Since 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes we have watched are little Caesar as a little baby ape and grow into a leader that leads his own kind into salvation against the very people who created him. What a journey it was as this epic quest didn’t come easy to accomplish. Since the first movie to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014 till now it’s been an epic six-year saga. To be honest, watching this series shows how much patience and dedication I have for this series. If you have been watching this since the first installment and couldn’t wait to see the latest then pat yourself on the back for your commitment. This prequel-sequel definitely pays of and makes it worth the wait.
The story begins sometime after the 2nd movie where Caesar (Andy Serkis), and his whole clan of apes are still trying to find peace or an understanding with the humans after the misunderstanding started by Koba who pretty much started the war making apes look like nothing but heartless savages towards humans. This time around, there is a new sheriff in town who goes by the name, The Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson. The Colonel is basically the love child of The Governor and Negan for you Walking Dead fans who are reading this. The Colonel doesn’t mess around and he wants those apes gone for good before they take over the world as the dominant species.