By Creative Media Times
“Welcome to Suburbicon. A town of wonder and excitement. With the promise of prosperity for all. Isn’t it time for your new start?” That’s the narrator heard on the background of the latest trailer for George Clooney’s “Suburbicon.”
What makes this narration strange and disturbing are the scenes that came before it, where we see a distraught husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), a harrowing home invasion that may have killed his wife, a shady and suspicious insurance investigator (Oscar Isaac), and Garden’s somber son (Noah Jupe) who witnessed it all.
From there things went very dark, twisted and violent very fast, as we see scenes of street riots, mobsters in police lineup, Gardner’s sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) crushing pills for a peanut butter jelly sandwich, and a blood-soaked Gardner pedaling away on little child’s bicycle. “It’s all falling apart Maggie,” Gardner says to Margaret.
If all these sound very Coen-esque, it is because the Coen Brothers wrote the script with Clooney and Grant Heslov. Heslov of course is another longtime Clooney collaborator. Cloenslov anyone?
All in all, the film looks and sounds like another delicious dark comedy we come to expect from the team. But don’t tell that to Clooney; the multi-hyphenate star insists the movie isn’t a laugh out loud comedy. “It’s a pretty angry and dark film, which is sort of what we wanted to make at the time,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
Paramount Pictures is set to release Suburbicon on October 27.
Here’s the film’s official plot outline:
Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns …the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.