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Three Billboards director responds to backlash

Den of Geek logoDen of Geek 13/02/2018 simonbrew

Spoilers for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lie ahead

Probably the most controversial of this year’s big Oscar films is the excellent Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The film is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture.

© Merrick Morton. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

But it’s been drawing contention for in particular the character played by (Oscar nominated) Sam Rockwell, who plays a racist cop in the movie.

Rockwell’s character, goes the argument, gets way too much sympathy given his actions in the film. 

© Merrick Morton. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

But McDonagh has responded to the criticism, arguing that the character isn’t redeemed: “he starts off as a racist jerk. He’s the same pretty much at the end, but, by the end, he’s seen that he has to change. There is room for it, and he has, to a degree, seen the error of his ways, but in no way is he supposed to become some sort of redeemed hero of the piece”.

Three Billboards director responds to backlash © Den of Geek Three Billboards director responds to backlash

McDonagh added that “it’s supposed to be a deliberately messy and difficult film. Because it’s a messy and difficult world. You have to kind of hold up a mirror to that a little bit and say we don’t have any kind of solution. But I think there’s a lot of hope and humanity in the film and if you look at all those issues with those things in your heart, we might move on to a more interesting place”.

The film is currently playing in cinemas around the world.

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