How well do you know your neighbors? If you’re like most people, you may just wave at them and say “Hi” over the garden fence. But the reality is, we rarely know what happens behind closed doors, and they may not be the people you think they are. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice neighborhood where you knew exactly what to expect? Someplace like – Suburbicon? Where they claim your problems will disappear.
Suburbicon is billed as a quite and diverse community of over 60,000 residents without crime. But inside the community issues begin when a new family moves to the community. Ugliness rears it head as an African American family moves to the all white community set in the 1950’s. At the same time crimes begin to happen in the community around them, including a murder, fires and more. But are they really to blame?
We went into the screening of Suburbicon expecting it to be slightly funny, since the trailer makes the movie seem light a dark comedy. However, Suburbicon is another movie where the trailer doesn’t exactly match the actual feeling of the film. Yes, there were moments we laughed – but the majority of the movie was a bit more macabre than we expected.
We still enjoyed the movie, however it just wasn’t what we expected going into the theater. Instead, the movie makes you wonder about everyone’s intentions throughout and has a few predictable moments. While most movies there is at least one good guy trying to resolve the issues, in Suburbicon pretty much every character is a bad guy – with negative intentions as they go through the story. Who you would expect to be the protagonist, is actually probably a bit further into the mess than you’d ever guess.
Keep in mind Suburbicon is rated R, so it is definitely not for kids. But it is a different story and refreshing compared to the same stories we’ve seen in theaters lately.
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.
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