A crime mystery set in the quiet family town of Suburbicon during the 1950s, where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.
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Forget Bates, Lecter, Tony, Bateman, WW or Chigurh, Damon's Gardner is THE most insidious, brutal and cruel of all Coen Bros-written villains. Clooney might just win three Oscars in a single edition and make Award(s) history. Deservedly so. Triple threat indeed (review in the making).
Digital. A most ridiculous film: a typical dark comedy a la Cohen brothers set in a strongly racial context (why?, what for?), to finally discover the future, or what remains of a chaotic present, in the figure of two interracial teenagers playing - a message of appeasement. Clooney has no signature and doesn't know how to orchestrate the range of situations that he was assigned to.
Having the right performers for each role and created the right looks to fill the background, Clooney nothing could have done in terms of direction or tone to ameliorate the written material, which had already been born defective. (2.5 stars)
This film could have worked as a neo-noir, dark comedy, or social commentary. But, Clooney just can't make any of it work. As a neo-noir, it's surprisingly dull. As a comedy, it seems confused about where the humor should be. As a commentary, it doesn't offer any unique perspectives and the racial subplot has no real payoff. It may have slivers of cleverness, but it's mostly a disappointing misfire.
Forget the marketing - this isn't played for laughs and someone might have crafted a neat horror out of its true suburban dread. But it's indecisive in every important element; perspective, tone, character. Is it a parody of 50s films, an homage or aiming for naturalism? Its politics try to appease our times, jarring when atm we see Hollywood can't be trusted to make responsible decisions.