I’d read some reviews of this movie that were less than positive. The one word I saw several times was “cliché”. I must say, never has any review been so wrong.

This is an excellent movie, with numerous unexpected twists and turns. I write character trumps plot because I think some people felt aspects of the plot were over the top, particularly Frances McDormand’s character. But once you understand her reason, her own guilt, they aren’t. Grief is unending and if one doesn’t face it, it takes many forms, anger being a key one. The loss of a child, particularly under the circumstances in the movie completely makes what she does understandable.

She deserved the Oscar for this role as did Sam Rockwell. I used to not care much for Woody Harrelson (still remember him from Cheers days), but he’s been impressive lately. His turn as LBJ was powerful. His character here was deep and sympathetic and had one of the movies most shocking scenes.

Surprisingly, there was quite a bit of humor in such an apparently serious movie. But the humor came at key moments, to take an almost unbearable edge off.

Cool Gus gives this four paws up and requests a belly rub!