There are some remains of the Coen Brothers' script, but everything is candycoated. A satire of contemporary Uh-Merika with all its contradictions and absurdity under the guise of a 50's flick gone wrong which, unfortunately doesn't have the punch and malicious wit of the Coen Brothers' films. Amusing nonetheless, but from a distance.
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.
What happens when you give George Clooney a Coen Brothers script and a cast of Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac? You get one of the biggest disappointments of the year thanks to rewrites that fight for tonal dominance and direction that seems too timid to truly embrace the script's malicious nature. Everything else is up to snuff, but the script gets it the worst.