Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Suburbicon Movie Review

Matt Damon stars in Suburbicon

Prosperity for All

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: 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. Directed by George Clooney.

"It's a terrible, terrible tragedy" to take two completely unrelated stories (told by four writers) and call it a movie. With names like Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and the Coen brothers attached to it, you might be tempted to ignore the bad reviews and see Suburbicon this weekend. Don't. It starts off OK, but the Pleasantville-like "melting pot of diversity" quickly erodes into two disjointed tales of one city town. You'll see one twist coming a mile away, and hate the other... a horrible, relentless assault on a kindly African-American family. Both are unbearable to watch. What was Clooney thinking?

Grade: D- (Deserves an F, but Noah Jupe and Tony Espinosa are pretty terrific.)