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REVIEW: Suburbicon

 

 
Overview
 

Directed by: George Clooney
 
Produced by: Paramount Pictures
 
Written By: The Coen Brothers
 
Starring: Matt Damon, Juliane Moore, Oscar Isaac
 
MTRCB Rating: PG-16
 
Genre: , ,
 
FG RATING
4.5
4.5/ 10


User Rating
5 total ratings

 

Raves


Stunning visuals, set, costumes and great acting

Rants


Confusing plot points, underdeveloped story, they should’ve gotten another director


Suburbicon, George Clooney’s mystery-thriller film set in the 1950’s, left us with a really heavy feeling after watching the film. Based on an old screenplay by the Coen brothers , it was written in the 1980s, and rewritten by Clooney. The film cuts between two disconnected storylines within a secluded suburban community following an eccentric […]

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Posted November 26, 2017 by

 
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Suburbicon, George Clooney’s mystery-thriller film set in the 1950’s, left us with a really heavy feeling after watching the film. Based on an old screenplay by the Coen brothers , it was written in the 1980s, and rewritten by Clooney.

SUBURBICON

The film cuts between two disconnected storylines within a secluded suburban community following an eccentric life-insurance scam story of the bland salaryman Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) and wife’s twin sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) and his accomplice and the Mayers, an African American family who recently moved into the neighborhood and has been targeted by white supremists. Sadly, the two families’ storylines never intertwined in the movie. I was kind of expecting the two families’ paths would’ve crossed somewhere in between the movie and give some sort of parallelism, but it never happened.

The plot-points were rather choppy and needlessly confusing with the pacing, I think the story structure was just plain bad despite the excellent and stunning set design, and amazing performances by Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, and others.

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All in all, Suburbicon is a rather disjointed attempt to be a stylized Coen-esque movie with a social advocacy, which in the end cuts both aspects of the film short. Had it focus on only the stylized plot and setting of the film without the social commentary and developed it further, it could’ve been compared to Fargo (1995) in 1950’s utopian glitz, in a good way.


Kimberly Mas

 
Kimberly Mas is a creative entrepreneur and a part-time commercial/print-ad model. Kim runs her own multimedia design studio called Artsmith Creative House. Learn more about her studio: www.artsmithph.com. She also does comics about Fil-Chi slice of life. Find out more: www.facebook.com/SoAsianComics or follow Kim on social media @kimberlymas on IG and Twitter.


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