Children are playing in the street, while their mothers discuss the newest gossip in their front yard and their fathers are sitting comfortable in front of the TV. It setting seems like a high-gloss catalogue, no place could be as beautiful and peaceful as Suburbicon.
The small-town idyll is suddenly in motion after a dark skinned family moves into the neighborhood.
What follows, equals – full in style of the Coen-Brothers – a funny opera, where one twist follows the other.
THE COEN BROTHERS
Thanks to the script of the Coen-Brothers, Suburbicon lives through bizarre characters and incidents. The suspense offers various narrative strands, which takes the viewers on an entertaining roller coaster ride, which concludes in a magnificent surprising ending.
THE DIRECTOR – GEORGE CLOONEY
Some critics say that Suburbicon deals with a lot of social and cultural themes and criticize the lack of seriousness throughout the film. But the black humour and exaggerated scenes are where the strength lies in the film. George Clooney’s seventh direction confronts us once again with the absurdity in our society. Thereby, Suburbicon neither stereotypical nor superficial. Clooney is rather digging under Coen-Brothers submissions through the roots of our society.
SUBURBICON – A REFLECTION OF OUR (A)SOCIAL NETWORK
He presents Suburbicon as a symbol of double standards, hypocrisy, greed, racism and starry-eyed idealism. All of that is turned into ridicule, exactly where it belongs.
Nothing is really like it seems. Who is good and who isn’t can’t be determined at first or even second glance.
Only the little Nicky and his dark skinned neighbourhood friend Andy seem to have nothing to do with this hustle around them. Completely detached from the people around them, they live in their own world. Having said this, their world is under attack and is threatened to collapse.
MATT DAMON IN SUBURBICON
The humor is simple, yet extremely complex. Suburbicon knows to entertain in every second. Thanks to the brilliant story, great directing, impressive visuals but also because of the splendid cast.
Matt Damon plays the ruthless small town redneck equally unsavory as Julianne Moore shines in her double role as the hillbilly.
Karimah Westbrook defies with pride and dignity the terror of the white neighborhood.
Star Wars hero Oscar Isaac, Glenn Fleshler and Alex Hassel attempt in a very entertaining way to get their hands onto money.
All actors are excellent in their role.
SHOOTING STAR NOAH JUPE
However, Noah Jupe dominates as the little Nicky Lodge in the film Suburbicon. In such young years, he understands to authentically convey his pain and fear to the viewers.
Certainly, he is the secret – or the quite official – star of the film.
Suburbicon is a quirky and highly amusing social satire by Coen/Clooney. However, they know how to entertain, as well as to encourage contemplation.
THE GOOD & THE EVIL
What is actual good, what is in fact bad? Who can you trust, who not? Additionally, who do I really want in my neighborhood? Who not? And why? Do I really believe that I am open-minded and respectful? Or do I tend to let myself be guided by stereotypical clichés and preconception?
Suburbicon is a brilliant movie, which understands how to transmit humor, tragedy, emotions and tension through a powerful message. Thus, to understand this, you have to open yourself. However, if you are biased and obdurate towards the film (much like the white community portrayed in the film), then you may not find this movie enjoyable.
But whoever is able to question themselves and understands ambiguity is going to love the film. Last but not least, Suburbicon is simply a positive film, which allows the viewers to return to the real world with a good feeling and a smile.
Therefore, our conclusion for Suburbicon is: absolutely worth seeing.