Suburbicon unites director George Clooney with the celebrated Coen Brothers in this sharp, bitter 50's crime drama. After a home invasion rattles a seemingly perfect american neighbourhood, Matt Damon alongside Julianne Moore attempt to rebuild their lives by any means necessary.
Clooney's unstuck white picket murder mystery is a knife that keeps on twisting. The Coen Brothers' sumptuous style incorporated with Clooney's unconventional direction presents this year's most ambitious entry. This twisted tale of corruption and deception highlights, even in a glossy american dream setting, you can't change society only society can change.
Equally ambiguous in meaning: Suburbicon requires you to make of it what you will. It isn't a film that demands only one meaning but let's the viewer draw conclusions in whichever way they please. Isolated from its audience and no protagonist to empathise with, this perilous picture challenges you in a not only surprising but complex way. Slapping two contrasting ideas together however, the two don't quite gel sharing the same story - better to leave the second one out for a possible future Clooney picture.
Juxtaposed against the setting, this sickly sweet plastic town holds some of the most disturbing secrets. Suburbicon plays as a convincing 50's setting that is the for the most part used as a diversion of the senses. You're reassured its perfect reputation it upholds indicates no sign of danger - ultimately increases the shock value once things take a turn for the worse. Humour slotted into the cruelest moments delivered wonderfully by a line up of unhinged characters intensifies Suburbicon's delightfully sickening tone.
This toy town film noir has a winding narrative that never settles. Following the beginning fifteen minutes - Suburbicon is a lush stylistic piece that has its audience in a constant state of anxiety. Sinister, intelligent and applaudably subtle, the Coen brothers drop hints yet never reveal the full picture. Compelled by Clooney's sugary cinematography and a distinctive score screeching throughout; as the dark story spirals out of control the thrills only ramp up.
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