SUBURBICON – review

 

Suburbicon: The Land of Tomorrow
By Alex Hummel
One of the earlier fall blockbuster to come out this year is George Clooney’s film, Suburbicon. The film stars Matt Damon as the father in a family that gets tied up in the chaos of
a suburb that has welcomed its first black family into the area. The story shows both the towns rebellion against allowing the african american family to live amongst them, and the chaos of the shady dealings of the Lodge Family. Normally I do a good, bad, and a recap with my opinion on the film for the review, but this film was an interesting style that deserves an interesting approach. SO, this will be a look at the layers that the film, while not spoiling the film entirely.

One thing to note for this film is that one of the Coen brothers was on the writing team for this one, and it shows. The creative narrative is mixed with unique perspectives that almost reflect an Alfred Hitchcock film. For one thing, there is an argument that the entire film is done from the perspective of the child. It’s subtle, but scenes involving the gradual descent of the townsfolk into barbarism is only seen in chunks. This comes from the fact that the main child of the film can see much of it only from the confines of his house which is next to the african american families house. Even the beginning of the film is with the child. It jumps into the scene from the boy and the craziness goes from there. Many would argue that some of the scenes are just the father, but that can also be explained. Many families ate together and talked about their day. So it wouldn’t be that far off if the scenes that showed just the father were told to the son at the dinner table, or heard in passing; while listening in on his parents. The child actor does an amazing job at conveying the genuine fear that begins to mount as the family begins to get darker as the mob becomes more violent. The parallel between the two is ominous and amazing at the same time. As the family gets more bold with its actions, so does the neighborhood mobs.

Since people are here to see whether the film is worth the price of admission these are my thoughts on the film. Overall the intrigue and discoveries that were littered throughout the film made it a worthwhile experience for me, and the interesting growths of certain characters really kept me into the film as I watched it. That being said, this is very much a dark comedy with all the dark, violent, and crude humor to go along with it. If you are not into that style of film, then this is not the film that you should see this fall. The dark humor is appreciated, but I think a little bit more action in the climax is warranted with the build up the movie was delivering.
With all that said this movie gets a 9 out of 10 from me, with a must see seal of approval. I have been Alex Hummel for Wattsup Reviews and please don’t eat other people’s food.

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