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Suburbicon, movie

June 2, 2018


Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality

Stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, (among many others) directed and partially written by George Clooney and partially written by the Coen Brothers.

In reality, it is two vastly different stories combined to highlight the horrors not always brought to light, although in this movie the highlights may be too stark against the rest of the movie.

The Coen brothers wrote the script for a long-ago abandoned script and Clooney combined it with a real life situation. When a black family moves into a white neighborhood in the 1950’s, they are met with hostility and abhorrent behavior from the majority community.

Much like the true story, in Suburbia a new family moves in. The quiet, idyllic, perfect gated communities is not as innocent and pure as it first appears, however. A violent break-in tears the suburb apart and shatters the family and town apart.

The townspeople, in news outlet interviews, all express such disappointment with the new Mayers moving into Suburbicon and that being the cause of the break-in.

I found the movie too split in half, the theme seemed too elementary to prove any allegory. The contrast between the town’s unwarranted hatred of the new family and the absurd story of the Lodge’s plight didn’t form a story to me.

I know that Clooney meant the stark clash between the polite, law abiding Mayers struggling to defend themselves and their home from the violent, bigoted rest of the town and the seemingly polite and put-together Gardner Lodge is literally getting away with murder….

All else aside, strictly looking at the story, the plot is sub-par in this delivery as the story-line is given away much too early to have it be any sort of mystery. It seems as if in the rewriting of the original Coen script, Clooney slashed the

So I understand what he meant to do and in theory I even like the idea, but somehow in the production of it the message was lost along the way. The outrageous actions of the townspeople just seemed strange and removed from the terror going on literally next door at the Lodge home is being attacked and a woman killed. I just don’t think the movie made it’s point well. The Mayers characters were too white-washed, not real people that felt alive.

Mainly, it is marked as a dark- comedy but the dramatic moments seemed dwarfed by the inconsistent comedy reality of the story. Is it satire, dark comedy, a dark thriller even? It seemed like the movie itself did not know which direction to pick, and therefore the entire plot fell flat. When bad people do terrible things in a stereotypical nice place, it does not create satire. Seems like the Coen brothers are the only ones who can pull off their unique brand of stories.


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