SUBURBICON (2017) – My rating: 7/10

Suburbicon is a dark comedy directed by George Clooney and written by George Clooney, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Grant Heslov. The movie is set in a new, up and coming suburban neighborhood in the year 1959.  Racism, hate and just plane stupidity runs rampart throughout the community of Suburbicon.  I’m not sure this is what America needs right now with all the crap we’re already putting up with these days.

The attraction to this advertised, peaceful, all-white neighborhood called Suburbicon was no blacks, no crime, no crowds and no traffic.  When an African-American family moves in, everything changes.  The natives grow restless and start a situation that pales by comparison to anything bad they thought Blacks would cause.  Right in their own backyard Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) and his wife, Rose Lodge (Juliann Moore) would experience their own crime when robbed by a couple of white men who breaks into their home and chloroform Gardner, Rose, Margaret (Juliann Moore), Rose’s twin sister and Nicky Lodge, (Noah Jupe) Gardner and Rose’s son.

Between this highly racist neighborhood, and the scary, murderous Lodge family, you’re in for a crazy ride of anger and a whole lot of senseless murder.  At some point you are not even sure of what you are seeing or hearing, especially after a police lineup leaves you somewhat confused.  It all starts to become clear as the whole neighborhood gets out of control and bodies start dropping.  The film becomes ambiguous again when the next day comes and the cleanup begins and the film ends with no explanation as to the prognosis for the neighborhood, the Black family or Nicky.  You’d have to see this one yourself to make your own determination as to the value of Suburbicon.  These writers have a pretty sick mind, but then we are talking the Coen brothers and George Clooney.

 

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