Three Billboards: The Problem with Anger | Video Essay

Three Billboards: The Problem with Anger | Video Essay
Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a study of anger. But it ends with a powerful message for our times. Support ScreenPrism on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=7792695

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, the film tells us that even when anger is justified, we need to offer each other more compassion and love. We unpack the ending of the movie and explain what it all meant.

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Three Billboards: The Problem with Anger | Video Essay



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Palash011 - 2018-03-18
I don't think so the write&Director intends this much of philosophical overtone

Vick Lisb - 2018-03-17
I interepreted her anger as some sort of scream against impunity that the movie wants to give

The Crimson fucker - 2018-03-16
Y’know what I notice that no one really talks about the movie? The color red. It’s the most striking and noticeable color in this movies scheme. Perhaps it’s a reminder that death, and anger always surround us, and can become part of our environment?

Master Epps - 2018-03-13
Kill them with kindness is exactly what Welby did at the hospital. Damn, amongst all the rage and anger, this scene stuck out from the rest and it tugged at my heart strings

MakeupByCovi - 2018-03-11
This movie is one of those you only watch once because is so dense and violent... and whats up with every women in this movie being incredible mad or incredible stupid?

Monaliza Carvalho - 2018-03-11
I just watched the movie and all I could think was “so much anger” and then I came on YouTube to find this. Awesome

vipin gangwar - 2018-03-09
Thank you for this Video i learned a lot

veronicajade20 - 2018-03-09

Kristopher R - 2018-03-08
I hate to be "that guy," but Red offered Dixon Orange Juice in the hospital. Otherwise, the video was perfect.

Tanya S - 2018-03-08
Great video! I knew there was a reason I loved this movie so much.

mark aaron - 2018-03-07
This and "The Shape of Water." A new film trend of making the audience sick with nihilism and then answering it with love? I like it. "Wonder Woman" had a similar message.

Ptoops Will Sun - 2018-03-07
Brilliant analysis

Marbles Merlo - 2018-03-05
Red gave him orange juice not water

Vampirech1ck - 2018-03-05
She totally knows he is in there, that’s why she called the station

madhuri dilipkumar - 2018-03-05
It's orange juice that Red gives to Dixon in the hospital and not a glass of water

Felipe - 2018-03-05
It's not anger. You didn't get the point. She ain't angry. She wants justice to be done, that's all.

Jumbo Jango - 2018-03-04
To be frank I didn't particularly like this movie. I did find its ending quite freeing and loved Sam Rockwell, I just thought the writing was pretty on-the-nose with some really overt oscar-bait moments and poorly done tonal shifts.

Himanshu Gupta - 2018-03-04
What if Mildred Hayes and Sam Rockwell are a nod to the serial killer killing couple from seven psychopaths

Greg Garrison - 2018-03-04
Indeed it was a smarmy European's idea of small town America and it's "issues". Everything about it was totally unrealistic and condescending. Can the entertainment industry please stop trying to teach? They aren't very good at it. That is what books are for. A film should be luminous, gripping, evocative, esoteric, not preachy moral grandstanding.

Achiwall - 2018-03-03
Am I the only one who didn’t love Three Billboards? Like, I enjoyed it, and it was a fun watch but it’s kinda overrated :/

Ferenc Szaffenauer - 2018-02-28
Orange juice, not water.

Gledys - 2018-02-26
I love this channel so much. Are you guys doing Call me by your name?

pistolen87 - 2018-02-26
Angry gets things done

John Mc Donagh - 2018-02-24
Quite an excellent appraisal of this brilliant film. If I may be allowed to give another dimension to the characterization of the individuals in the movie it would be to say that Mc Donagh, knowing his people so well, has transported the personality of rural Ireland to rural Missouri and given his principal actors that deep, contradicting and loving Irishness that they possess. Cruel love, profane sanctity, violent gentility make for the essence of oxymoron even when they don’t.

Daniel Pound - 2018-02-23
You missed a small detail about the glass of 'water' Red handed Jason. It wasnt water, it was orange juice. This is relevant because of the films use of colour. Red symbolises Anger e.g. the billboards themselves. Yellow (the orange juice) symbolises happiness, honour and optimism. This perfectly represents the dynamic between Red and Jason in that scene as Jason has finally seen the benefit of love and happiness.

The use of colour is relevant in other moments throughout the film but this is my favourite example. Any thoughts?

Betsy Red - 2018-02-22
Brilliant humane analysis. 👏👏👏❤

Katlyn Minard - 2018-02-20
What a great analysis of this film. Makes me wanna go back and watch it again.

AVoiceInTheWilderness - 2018-02-20
'anger begets greater anger' -- a bookmark... in a book... about polio

ChannelX24 - 2018-02-16
Although this is probably not right, it did seem to me that the new sheriff was lying about the rapist not being in the country to try and stop the continued violence and anger he has witnessed.

Sai Ashwin - 2018-02-16
I am sad that many people think this film was a social commentary and hated it for not doing that.

ternitamas - 2018-02-16
spoiler alert I've read a lot of reviews and what people don't get is that Dixon's character is gay and a lot of the plot revolves around it because the sheriff leaves a letter to him trying to make him come to terms with that, and from them on there is a turning point in the film that deals with Dixon's acceptance of himself and the release of anger towards himself, from then on everything changes, he becomes a different person.

Shahad Babydan - 2018-02-15
Great video as always, keep it up!

Thomas Headley - 2018-02-15
Anger evolves from a sense of helplessness. Communication contributes to solutions. Solutions dispel the cause of anger. Nothing to do with love, it is about survival. Self destructive cultures do not survive.

jay folk - 2018-02-12
7:04 "drink of Orange Juice*"

yair1010 - 2018-02-11
Fantastic analysis!

Ethan Nielson - 2018-02-10
Despite all that is said, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a misguided effort filled with unbridled anger and characters who are so faulty as to astound. The actions they take and their consequences are an end unto themselves and frankly make for an empty and vacuous film going experience with little moral or ethical consequence. I’m all for showing emotionally damaged and dangerous characters on screen but the consequences of their actions must have some sort of reasonable consequence in order for an audience to sympathize with the situation as it’s being presented. Just as beauty begets beauty, hatred begets hatred and here this is where the problem lies. There are no real consequences for these characters and their misguided efforts. Mildred tells her daughter in her final conversation that she hopes she will be raped and murdered when the daughter confronts her mother’s refusal to pick her up after her evening’s engagement, telling her mother herself jokingly that she will probably be raped and murdered (which actually happens). It’s a very poorly thought out screenplay while boasting some of today’s finest actors, namely Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. So go figure.....

Jesus Alonso - 2018-02-10
The problem with the film is, the screenplay is actually bad, always finding a trick - normally cheap - to have its leads, avoid the consequences of their acts, becoming over the top and derailing any chance of real satire.

thepaulx217 - 2018-02-10
did you really said beget?

Ivan Dario Pinzon D. - 2018-02-07
Excellent video and analysis.

Michael Z - 2018-02-07
I thought the movie was manipulative and the story was a mess. It was fine as entertainment but I don't see any "real message for our times."

fatima Mg - 2018-02-06
Your channel is awesome , I love your videos 😃

Duuuad - 2018-02-06
It's not water he gives Dixon, it's orange juice

d mark - 2018-02-05
No spoiler is spared! Shouldn't see this video before you actually see the movie...

The Recalcitrant Misanthrope - 2018-02-04
good video.but don't ask me to "subscribe" without having first seeing the content.

Majed Hakawati - 2018-02-01
He gave him a drink of orange juice not water

Timothy Wade - 2018-01-30
Fuck love, humanity, and compassion. Great flim, but fuck those ideas.

Cesaria Rabearivelo - 2018-01-30
I just saw the movie... I didn’t dislike it but I don’t know if I would recommend it. There’s so much hate and anger in the US ..... this movie magnified it....the anger was overkill. I thought the profane/ harsh language was unnecessary... especially around the young children. Woody’s character has a foul mouth and yet he writes 3 kind letters— no profanity in the letter— doesn’t match up with his character. I wish I understood all the hype about the movie but I’m not feeling it... that said there’s alot of funny lines... humor— ignorance...

Nahel Charif - 2018-01-29
Please do the leftovers, this show deserves you ,I know it's the most trendy thing right now, but it deserves a bit of light. I love your work !

Lerdog - 2018-01-29
"We're glad she that she hasn't attack him" talk for yourself...

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