A few words about…™ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Bottom line. For anyone considering purchasing the Blu-ray. I suggest against it. Go for future proofing, with 4k. 4 Stars

Fox is doing a superb job with their 4k UHD releases, and this one fooled me.

Finished as a 2k DI, TBOE,M, at least to my eye, looks like true 4k. And that speaks volumes about Ben Davis’ cinematography.

Details are so meticulously presented — and I’m referring to dashboard instrumentation inside vehicles at night, as shot from outside in a MS, and leaves on trees — that I’m inclined to disbelieve what’s published on line.

I don’t have to relate the information that this a superb film, with spectacular performances, as that point has already been made.

Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, TBOE,M is extremely dark, with touches of character-driven humor. It’s a wonderfully multi-layered work, that almost seems like a Coen production, although I’m unable to come up with any direct connection.

But that 4k UHD Blu-ray mit delicately handled HDR…

Beyond anything that I’ve thus far seen in any uprez.

Audio is wonderfully proscenium filling.

It’s a film that deserves to be seen large, especially in 4k.

As an aside, and oriented toward those with a predilection for slipcovers…

I normally find them a waste of paper, and add to our planetary waste cycles.

But this one is beautifully designed, in its own way, a tiny work of art, and worth retaining.

Bottom line. For anyone considering purchasing the Blu-ray. I suggest against it. Go for future proofing, with 4k.

Image – 5 (Reference Quality)

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Very Highly Recommended

RAH

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  1. There are having a special noon showing of this film at my local theater, this coming weekend. Will try and make every effort to see it. Been on my radar (much like Darkest Hour, which was worth the wait), since it hit the theaters.

  2. jim_falconer

    There are having a special noon showing of this film at my local theater, this coming weekend. Will try and make every effort to see it. Been on my radar (much like Darkest Hour, which was worth the wait), since it hit the theaters.

    At this point, save your money on the ticket.
    In the end, you're gonna want to purchase this film, anyway.:)

  3. I watched the Blu-ray last night and McDonagh fans should definitely check out the old short film (Six Shooter) on there. It has nothing to do with Three Billboards but it's very darkly funny like the main feature.

  4. PMF

    At this point, save your money on the ticket.
    In the end, you're gonna want to purchase this film, anyway.:)

    🙂 I have always enjoyed the atmosphere of seeing a film on the big screen, as opposed to watching it at home. That said, if there is no other choice, the small screen is just fine. But since I still have a choice, I'll try and see it.

  5. jim_falconer

    🙂 I have always enjoyed the atmosphere of seeing a film on the big screen, as opposed to watching it at home. That said, if there is no other choice, the small screen is just fine. But since I still have a choice, I'll try and see it.

    Well, who here at HTF could fault anyone for that?:thumbs-up-smiley:

  6. The Blu Ray looks spectacular enough uprezzed. No desire to see more of the burn marks or blood in 4K or the violence played out in that Rez. And not a film worth watching more than once IMHO. Basically an anti-cop, revenge porn British rendition of what “American” life is. Still waiting for their self examination or an American examination of their royal worshipping mess of their own country.
    It seem like a Coen Bro’s film cause it’s McDormand doing her same quirky shtick with a Southern Accent this time which is stil fun and entertaining. But Harrelson and Rockwell really make this one. But not worth repeating imho.
    Luv the slipcover!

  7. I bought the Blu-ray as a pre-order long before this thread was posted. I'm sure the 4K is wonderful but, as I am the only one in my house that would care about such an upgrade, we don't seem likely to do that, so going for the Blu saved me money in the short term.

    I went through the extras last night. I'm super glad to have Six Shooter on disc; as a fan of McDonagh's from his stage work, I bought that on iTunes years ago and am delighted to have it in better quality to play on my TV (not to mention to get it off of my hard drive.)

    I would like to suggest, however, that Fox really should add a "play all" function to the deleted scenes section. It surprised me that the section for the film's trailers had a play all but the deleted scenes did not. Because I did watch them all, it got to be an annoyance to have to click for the next one every time. This is ultimately a minor thing, but it would also have been a minor thing to add a "play all" feature.

  8. A film that my wife and I enjoyed very much. Also a film on which Tino and I will agree to disagree for I hope that it will neither win BP nor BA for McDormand (this role was not a stretch for her).

  9. I'm in Tino's court. Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

    For sheer entertainment, I rated The Greatest Showman, Baby Driver & Beauty and the Beast higher than 3 Billboards. But they aren't nominated for BP. Of the films that were nominated, 3 Billboards is my pick.

    Mark

  10. bujaki

    A film that my wife and I enjoyed very much. Also a film on which Tino and I will agree to disagree for I hope that it will neither win BP nor BA for McDormand (this role was not a stretch for her).

    For the record, Dunkirk was my favorite film of the year. I just don’t think it will win BP or BD tomorrow unfortunately.

    It will win a few technical awards tho so it wont go home empty handed.

    But I also have no issues with 3 Billboards winning in its nominated categories.

  11. I really admired the performances and the writer-director's determined efforts not to tie the story up with nice, neat bows.

    I do think it casts its thematic net over a wide variety of issues: loss, anger, revenge, prejudices of all kinds, misconceptions, and redemption while not quite examining them with the depth that would have made it more satisfying for me.

    So I admired it without loving it. Dunkirk remains my favorite of the Best Picture nominees I've seen, but I don't think it has a prayer of winning.

    It'll be this or The Shape of Water.

  12. noel aguirre

    Basically an anti-cop, revenge porn British rendition of what “American” life is. Still waiting for their self examination or an American examination of their royal worshipping mess of their own country.

    You clearly have some issues here if you think it's the UK that's in a mess: but let's steer clear of politics shall we?

  13. Finally saw this over the weekend, and unlike Darkest Hour, this film was a major disappointment. The 'white cops all being racist' theme took the story down a path I did not want it to go. Walked out half way thru

  14. jim_falconer

    Finally saw this over the weekend, and unlike Darkest Hour, this film was a major disappointment. The 'white cops all being racist' theme took the story down a path I did not want it to go. Walked out half way thru

    One cop was racist and I thought it was a fine film, but opinions may vary.

  15. jim_falconer

    Finally saw this over the weekend, and unlike Darkest Hour, this film was a major disappointment. The 'white cops all being racist' theme took the story down a path I did not want it to go. Walked out half way thru

    One cop was racist and I thought it was a fine film, but opinions may vary.

  16. Robert Crawford

    One cop was racist and I thought it was a fine film, but opinions may vary.

    Yeah, Woody Harrelson's character was a flawed but ultimately decent guy who could find the best in people and faced his own impending death with bravery & decency.

  17. jim_falconer

    Finally saw this over the weekend, and unlike Darkest Hour, this film was a major disappointment. The 'white cops all being racist' theme took the story down a path I did not want it to go. Walked out half way thru

    And if you walked out halfway thru, you missed a few very important character arcs that may have changed your opinion of the film.

  18. It would have been tough to undo what I'd already say thru by that point. I'd already taken a break from the film once, and came back to try and finish it. Then an idiotic blanket statement to police officers by the female lead cemented any chance the film had to succeed. Of course I know this is strictly my opinion. My wife stayed for the duration.

  19. jim_falconer

    Finally saw this over the weekend, and unlike Darkest Hour, this film was a major disappointment. The 'white cops all being racist' theme took the story down a path I did not want it to go. Walked out half way thru

    Well you missed a major reveal about said character that all wasn't what it seemed. Character development is about the way a character changes within the story. Unlike the opinions of some of the other people here, IMO, in the end, this was far from an anti-cop film. Even if that character hadn't gone though changes, all the other cops in the film were quite ethical.

  20. jim_falconer

    Finally saw this over the weekend, and unlike Darkest Hour, this film was a major disappointment. The 'white cops all being racist' theme took the story down a path I did not want it to go. Walked out half way thru

    You saw half a film, missed major character development due to leaving early, and let your own personal prejudices fill in the blanks… INCORRECTLY.

    Good job!

    Mark

  21. I was really impressed with Dixon's arc, both in terms of how McDonagh wrote it and how Rockwell played it, in terms of the character ending up in a different place than he began. Not many characters undergo such a big change throughout the course of a single film.

  22. Jake Lipson

    I was really impressed with Dixon's arc, both in terms of how McDonagh wrote it and how Rockwell played it, in terms of the character ending up in a different place than he began. Not many characters undergo such a big change throughout the course of a single film.

    I think he recognized how he was raised made him lesser of a person than he could've been as people aren't born racists.

  23. Mark Booth

    You saw half a film, missed major character development due to leaving early, and let your own personal prejudices fill in the blanks… INCORRECTLY.

    Good job!

    Mark

    I've stopped watching many movies, and put down a lot of novels because I couldn't get into them, they just didn't work for me.
    No harm no foul. people like what they like.

  24. Jake Lipson

    I was really impressed with Dixon's arc, both in terms of how McDonagh wrote it and how Rockwell played it, in terms of the character ending up in a different place than he began. Not many characters undergo such a big change throughout the course of a single film.

    I thought the arc was too fantastic. Made no sense how much progress Dixon made in such a short period of time – people don't evolve that quickly in real-life.

    And he also seemed to gain about 50 IQ points over that brief period, too!

  25. Colin Jacobson

    I thought the arc was too fantastic. Made no sense how much progress Dixon made in such a short period of time.

    Do we need spoiler tags for this film at this point?

    Just in case…

    Spoiler
  26. Jake Lipson

    Do we need spoiler tags for this film at this point?

    Just in case…

    Spoiler

    Maybe – none of that explains how he gains 50 IQ points in such a short period of time, though! 😀

    And I still think it's a lot to ask for so many deeply ingrained personality traits to change so quickly…

  27. nara

    True, but it’s rather silly to post an opinion based on limited information.

    People post stuff all the time with limited knowledge and I wouldn't call them silly, but, just ill-informed. Posted opinions are, well, just opinions and people are welcome to have one whether it's knowledgeable or not.

  28. Mark Booth

    Too fantastic?

    Yet, the film that won the best picture Oscar is about a cleaning woman's relationship with an amphibian creature.

    🙂

    Mark

    It's all about internal consistency! I can accept an actual fantasy story as long as it sticks to the rules it establishes.

    When characters change illogically – the way I see Dixon in "3 Billboards" – then I think it's a problem.

    That's a lot of the reason I'm disenchanted with "Thor: Ragnarok" – the character has suddenly become radically different from the guy we knew in the 1st 2 movies…

  29. Robert Crawford

    People post stuff all the time with limited knowledge and I wouldn't call them silly, but, just ill-informed. Posted opinions are, well, just opinions and people are welcome to have one whether it's knowledgeable or not.

    Fair point. The poster just runs the risk of looking silly. Been there. Done That.

  30. My biggest problem with Three Billboards is McDormand's character agreeing to pay $5000 a month to rent three billboards which haven't been rented in years because almost nobody sees them since the highway was completed.

  31. Dixon's turning point is after he's burned and in the hospital and put in the same room as the man he threw out the window (hey, the story is somewhat of a fable, folks). Even though Dixon is heavily bandaged except for his eyes, the man recognizes his voice and goes through an anger rant.

    This is entirely seen through Dixon's POV through the slit in the bandages. It's the only moment in the film that's shot directly from a character's POV. He sees the man rage for a few moments, and then he sees the man calm down, transform to find compassion within himself and place the glass of orange juice with the straw for Dixon to drink from, and finally turn the straw toward Dixon.

    To my eyes, it is after this moment of a man he nearly killed showing him compassion that Dixon's character begins to commit to that turn. And it was the Sheriff's suicide letter saying he had confidence Dixon would be a good investigator that gives him the impetus to grab and save the file from the fire in the first place.

    Two pretty strong defining moments no matter what you believe could help transform a character.

    I didn't put this in spoilers because everyone posting here so far seems to have seen the film.

  32. Joe Bernardi

    My biggest problem with Three Billboards is McDormand's character agreeing to pay $5000 a month to rent three billboards which haven't been rented in years because almost nobody sees them since the highway was completed.

    According a Google searches, a single billboard rental ranges from $3,000 to $15,000 per four weeks. $5,000 for three doesn't seem all that far out of line. Hardly what I'd call a "problem" for the storyline.

    Mark

  33. Hollywoodaholic

    Dixon's turning point is after he's burned and in the hospital and put in the same room as the man he threw out the window (hey, the story is somewhat of a fable, folks). Even though Dixon is heavily bandaged except for his eyes, the man recognizes his voice and goes through an anger rant.

    This is entirely seen through Dixon's POV through the slit in the bandages. It's the only moment in the film that's shot directly from a character's POV. He sees the man rage for a few moments, and then he sees the man calm down, transform to find compassion within himself and place the glass of orange juice with the straw for Dixon to drink from, and finally turn the straw toward Dixon.

    To my eyes, it is after this moment of a man he nearly killed showing him compassion that Dixon's character begins to commit to that turn. And it was the Sheriff's suicide letter saying he had confidence Dixon would be a good investigator that gives him the impetus to grab and save the file from the fire in the first place.

    Two pretty strong defining moments no matter what you believe could help transform a character.

    I didn't put this in spoilers because everyone posting here so far seems to have seen the film.

    Perhaps it's time for the moderators to put a spoiler warning on the title of this topic.

    Mark

  34. Joe Bernardi

    My biggest problem with Three Billboards is McDormand's character agreeing to pay $5000 a month to rent three billboards which haven't been rented in years because almost nobody sees them since the highway was completed.

    They don't really need to be seen by a lot of people. The fact that they're there is what matters.

  35. Mark Booth

    Perhaps it's time for the moderators to put a spoiler warning on the title of this topic.

    Mark

    I added a spoiler to a prior post. People need to be cognizant of how much of the plot they're giving way when posting about it.

  36. Mark Booth

    According a Google searches, a single billboard rental ranges from $3,000 to $15,000 per four weeks. $5,000 for three doesn't seem all that far out of line. Hardly what I'd call a "problem" for the storyline.

    I mind the amount Mildred pays less than the fact she throws money at Red before he tells her the price.

    Why not get a quote and go from there? Makes no sense that she says "I'll pay this" without finding out what he wants first.

    Also, the point that these billboards a) are in a very low-traffic area and b) have been unused for decades makes the "going rate" semi-superfluous. Even if Mildred paid $100 for their rental – plus costs to create/post the messages – that's more than they'd gotten for the billboards since the 80s!

  37. Colin Jacobson

    I mind the amount Mildred pays less than the fact she throws money at Red before he tells her the price.

    Why not get a quote and go from there? Makes no sense that she says "I'll pay this" without finding out what he wants first.

    Also, the point that these billboards a) are in a very low-traffic area and b) have been unused for decades makes the "going rate" semi-superfluous. Even if Mildred paid $100 for their rental – plus costs to create/post the messages – that's more than they'd gotten for the billboards since the 80s!

    Dd it occur to you that perhaps Mildred wanted to offer a price that Ebbing Advertising simply couldn't refuse? A price where GREED would become a big enough motivating factor that they would agree to put up the billboards, regardless of the coming pressure from the community.

    Seems to me Mildred would know in advance the billboards would be extremely unsettling for the town. The price she was willing to pay (without even bothering to negotiate) absolutely underscored her drive and determination to make sure they got put up and, hopefully, stayed there.

    Put another way.. Would Ebbing Advertising want to endure the sh!t storm from the public for a measly $100?

    Mark

  38. Hollywoodaholic
    Spoiler

    Two pretty strong defining moments no matter what you believe could help transform a character.

    I didn't put this in spoilers because everyone posting here so far seems to have seen the film.

    I would disagree about the

    Spoiler
  39. Mark Booth

    Dd it occur to you that perhaps Mildred wanted to offer a price that Ebbing Advertising simply couldn't refuse? A price where GREED would become a big enough motivating factor that they would agree to put up the billboards, regardless of the coming pressure from the community.

    Seems to me Mildred would know in advance the billboards would be extremely unsettling for the town. The price she was willing to pay (without even bothering to negotiate) absolutely underscored her drive and determination to make sure they got put up and, hopefully, stayed there.

    Put another way.. Would Ebbing Advertising want to endure the sh!t storm from the public for a measly $100?

    Mark

    Interesting point you’ve raised.

  40. Mark Booth

    Dd it occur to you that perhaps Mildred wanted to offer a price that Ebbing Advertising simply couldn't refuse? A price where GREED would become a big enough motivating factor that they would agree to put up the billboards, regardless of the coming pressure from the community.

    Seems to me Mildred would know in advance the billboards would be extremely unsettling for the town. The price she was willing to pay (without even bothering to negotiate) absolutely underscored her drive and determination to make sure they got put up and, hopefully, stayed there.

    Put another way.. Would Ebbing Advertising want to endure the sh!t storm from the public for a measly $100?

    Mark

    Yes, it did occur to me that Mildred offered that price to undercut potential resistance from Red, but it still made no sense as depicted. She asks for a price, Red starts to tell her, she offers the money before he gives her a quote.

    There's no sign that Red wants to resist Mildred's message but greed wins – the scene never gets to that point.

    Would've been easy to make scene work if there'd been a little more interaction, but it's clear that Mildred needs to pay a fairly high fee for other plot points to work. No high price means she doesn't run out of money means

    Spoiler

    .

    And that's a problem with too much of the movie: it develops the plot and characters to fit ideas rather than natural behavior and logic…

  41. Who knew there'd be a controversy over how much is paid for some billboards? She just threw all the money down she made from the sale of her dick ex-husband's tractor. It was a gesture that served multiple purposes. Using money from something her husband valued toward justice for their daughter. At some point you need to put the calculator aside and go with the character and the story. It's not a documentary. Grief and anger subvert any and all rationale.

  42. Hollywoodaholic

    Who knew there'd be a controversy over how much is paid for some billboards? She just threw all the money down she made from the sale of her dick ex-husband's tractor. It was a gesture that served multiple purposes. Using money from something her husband valued toward justice for their daughter. At some point you need to put the calculator aside and go with the character and the story. It's not a documentary. Grief and anger subvert any and all rationale.

    Excellent points. If she hadn't spent all of the tractor money on the billboards she might have feared that her ex-husband might try to beat the rest out of her.

    Mark

  43. It’s a film designed to make you feel before you think. McDonagh has responded, contesting the idea that Dixon is redeemed and describing his film as “deliberately messy and difficult”.

  44. nara

    Fair point. The poster just runs the risk of looking silly. Been there. Done That.

    Not silly at all. Just expressing my opinion of not liking the film. I went into it thinking it would be played out in a certain fashion, but I was mistaken. Not sure why you can't see people having different opinions?

  45. jim_falconer

    Not silly at all. Just expressing my opinion of not liking the film. I went into it thinking it would be played out in a certain fashion, but I was mistaken. Not sure why you can't see people having different opinions?

    Can we move on and just respect that people have different opinions about everything including films.

  46. Robert Crawford

    Please enlighten us to the missing point?

    Well, I guess one point is (to remind myself) not to respond to a thread that needs longer explanation using your iPad, which you hate to type extensive stuff on, and usually end up being too brief and misunderstood.

    But, missing the point of this movie specifically, and *A* point of movies in general. When you watch a movie, you're asking someone to tell you a story. I just don't understand having the limitation of "Expecting it to play out in a certain fashion" from the beginning, and if it doesn't turn out that way, you'll hate it or "If there's a detail I don't like at the beginning, I'll just shut myself of from it to begin with." I don't think it's valid to call that an opinion, because you've never given time for a valuable opinion to be developed, based on the entire story instead of initial impressions.

    To specifically address the second one, Dixon's problems go far beyond race, which should be pretty obvious from the beginning, and glaringly obvious by the middle. That's a critical part of the story that's being told.

    Regarding some other things, again, I don't understand asking someone to tell you a story, and then not letting them tell their story, instead of yours. When something happens, what is the point to saying "Nobody would ever do that. This movie sucks." The people who created the movie put more time and effort into it than we do, especially when we're only 15 minutes into it. I'm not even arguing a matter of the opinion of the movie, but how the opinion is developed. Instead of saying "Nobody would do that" and completely wasting your time being shut off to the rest of the movie, maybe you could say "I wonder why she did that?" and then let the story answer your question. I think Mark Booth's explanation is on target, but you have no chance of knowing that when it happens. It was just clear from Red's reaction that it worked. Before she throws the money on the desk, he's not taking her seriously, but after she does, he's taking her very seriously.

    I'm just surprised to see this much opposition to letting a movie tell its story, in a forum whose ultimate goal is watching movies. I don't want anyone to come in defending it as their opinion. That's not what I'm talking about. Maybe instead you can answer the question, "Why are you putting so much effort and expense into watching movies when you view them in such a limited way?"

    Then maybe we can return the thread to Mr. Harris.

  47. Here's an irony for our John Wayne icon posting friend who says he walked out on the film… I watched the documentary on the making of the film included on the blu-ray, and in an interview with Frances McDormand she says she is a huge fan of the John Ford westerns, and that her stoic and tough performance in this film was based on… John Wayne.

  48. Hollywoodaholic

    Here's an irony for our John Wayne icon posting friend who says he walked out on the film… I watched the documentary on the making of the film included on the blu-ray, and in an interview with Frances McDormand she says she is a huge fan of the John Ford westerns, and that her stoic and tough performance in this film was based on… John Wayne.

    Yeah, I saw that documentary too, but, forgot to mention it yesterday. As I looked at her walk again in this film, I can see the John Wayne imitation.

  49. Hollywoodaholic

    Here's an irony for our John Wayne icon posting friend who says he walked out on the film… I watched the documentary on the making of the film included on the blu-ray, and in an interview with Frances McDormand she says she is a huge fan of the John Ford westerns, and that her stoic and tough performance in this film was based on… John Wayne.

    Even before I watched that program, I thought "Searchers" felt like an inspiration/influence for the movie…

  50. Frances McDormand has been a favorite actress of mine since Blood Simple. Now that I know she's a big John Wayne fan, she will remain so forever. I don't know many women that are John Wayne fans, particularly actresses of today. To paraphrase Walter Brennan in To Have and Have Not, "you're alright, lady".:)

  51. JohnRice

    Well, I guess one point is (to remind myself) not to respond to a thread that needs longer explanation using your iPad, which you hate to type extensive stuff on, and usually end up being too brief and misunderstood.

    But, missing the point of this movie specifically, and *A* point of movies in general. When you watch a movie, you're asking someone to tell you a story. I just don't understand having the limitation of "Expecting it to play out in a certain fashion" from the beginning, and if it doesn't turn out that way, you'll hate it or "If there's a detail I don't like at the beginning, I'll just shut myself of from it to begin with." I don't think it's valid to call that an opinion, because you've never given time for a valuable opinion to be developed, based on the entire story instead of initial impressions.

    To specifically address the second one, Dixon's problems go far beyond race, which should be pretty obvious from the beginning, and glaringly obvious by the middle. That's a critical part of the story that's being told.

    Regarding some other things, again, I don't understand asking someone to tell you a story, and then not letting them tell their story, instead of yours. When something happens, what is the point to saying "Nobody would ever do that. This movie sucks." The people who created the movie put more time and effort into it than we do, especially when we're only 15 minutes into it. I'm not even arguing a matter of the opinion of the movie, but how the opinion is developed. Instead of saying "Nobody would do that" and completely wasting your time being shut off to the rest of the movie, maybe you could say "I wonder why she did that?" and then let the story answer your question. I think Mark Booth's explanation is on target, but you have no chance of knowing that when it happens. It was just clear from Red's reaction that it worked. Before she throws the money on the desk, he's not taking her seriously, but after she does, he's taking her very seriously.

    I'm just surprised to see this much opposition to letting a movie tell its story, in a forum whose ultimate goal is watching movies. I don't want anyone to come in defending it as their opinion. That's not what I'm talking about. Maybe instead you can answer the question, "Why are you putting so much effort and expense into watching movies when you view them in such a limited way?"

    Then maybe we can return the thread to Mr. Harris.

    What nonsense. Just because I could not enjoy a film that you liked, I have a problem with not letting the story play out as the writer liked it to go? I'm sorry to keep checking in on this thread, and to derail Roberts review. This is my last posting here. Really sorry to let you all know the film was not for me. You can all go on now of patting yourself on the back about it.

  52. I never said I liked the movie. That's entirely an assumption based solely on my expressing the need to understand it before assessing it's value. Otherwise, an opinion isn't really worth anything. I really want to emphasize this, I never said I liked the movie or any of the choices. I just think it's important to try to understand the choices before you can even begin to assess them.

    I watched it a second time this weekend, and the truth is, I'm fairly lukewarm about it.

    To be honest Jim, the full and exact quote you gave for not liking the film was "Just expressing my opinion of not liking the film. I went into it thinking it would be played out in a certain fashion, but I was mistaken." That clearly expresses "have(ing) a problem with not letting the story play out as the writer liked it to go" as opposed to what you expected before the movie even started. I can't see how I'm misunderstanding the explanation for disliking it.

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