Film Review: Suburbicon

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Film review by Steve Duffy –

Left to right: Julianne Moore as Margaret and Matt Damon as Gardner in SUBURBICON, from Paramount Pictures and Black Bear Pictures.

Is Suburbicon the perfect place to live as told in the kitschy opening scene?

For George Clooney’s sixth directorial project, he takes us back to 1959 where Dad works 9-5 and Mom is the perfect stay-at-home wife. Suburbicon is unused Coen brother’s black comedy that Clooney and his writing partner adapted for the big screen.

Clooney and Heslov’s contribution to the film is a subplot based on the true story of an African- American family who moves into an all-white neighborhood and things go terribly wrong for them. While most of the film focuses on Matt Damon and Julianne Moore’s picture perfect family, the story of their neighbors gets lost.   

The cast is great and watching them as the plot unfolds around them is pure enjoyment. The best performance came from Noah Jupe, who plays Damon’s son. Watching him piece together the mystery from the sidelines was perfection.

Don’t go into the theatre expecting a true Coen film. There are scenes when you can feel a Coen moment about to happen, but then it falls flat. Sorry! Not sure why Clooney would take out their winning formula. 

Still, it is a movie that will keep you hooked until the very end even with its flaws.

Rating: R for violence, language and some sexuality

Runtime: 105 minutes


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