SUBURBICON (2017) Movie Review

by on November 4, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is more of a warning than a review! LOL.

You know, the trailers for Suburbicon are seriously misleading. With all the scenes portrayed in the sequence they’re shown, it would almost seem to look like some kind of light comedy, but IT IS NOTHING like that. No, instead, we get a long, drawn out act one and mostly act two before the real crux of the story comes out. And then there’s that ugly side of society that acts like a second story you’re thinking will somehow join up with the main story, but it never really does.

All in all, this film was a painfully looooong 1 hour and 45 minute film. It felt like three hours.

Matt Damon Movies.

Directed by George Clooney, and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, & Oscar Isaac (who barely utters a word), the story takes place around an all-white neighborhood in the 60s, as we follow the life of Gardner (Damon) who early on becomes the victim of a home invasion robbery that goes south, ending in a fatality. Meanwhile, in the house behind them, a black family moves in, causing strife in this idyllic, all-white, extremely racist neighborhood. And it’s an ugly side of life that we see.

The story from the home invasion develops at such a crawl that that we’re just about into act three when we figure out what the story is about. And I am not sure exactly why the plot about the racists society was in there, because it barely interacted with the primary plot. Unless the plot with Damon was the secondary plot.

The pitch about the film says: Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

To be honest, I’m not sure what Clooney was trying to do with this film. OK, that’s not true. Clooney seemed to be trying to demonstrate a deeply involved pair of parallel stories that almost connect but they keep you thinking, wondering and engaged. And it did. But the pacing in the finished product seriously sucked! Plus the film ended up feeling disturbing, sad and boring, and only around the beginning of act three did we start to get hints of what was really going on. Sure, it was a decent twist in the plot, but by the time we caught that twist, the pain from the boredom had already numbed the audiences expectations.

All in all, I don’t think it’s worth the bucks to go see it.

I’m sure that some film-goers will catch nuances and what many of us might have missed in the the mind-numn fog. Heck, over on IMDb, it has a 4.7/10 while under the Rotten Tomatoes scoring system, it has a much deserved 26% on the tomato-meter. I mean, when the collective of professional critics comes up with a worse opinion on a movie than movie-goers, well, mark this day in history!

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