Suburbicon Review

30 Oct

Not particularly funny, insightful, or well constructed, and the first half is a complete bore with very little in the way of effective buildup. Then the always incredible Oscar Isaac shows up, and he singlehandedly provides the film with a healthy ass kicking all the way through its conclusion. He more than Clooney seems to embrace the zany energy that the brothers bring to even their lower tier scripts, and he does so much with so little that you’re left wondering why the film didn’t revolve around him. Nevertheless, the mini crescendo jumpstarted by his character at the end is a lot of fun to watch, and there’s a dark absurdity to some of the images that oozes Coen brothers (not to mention Robert Elswit, PTA’s regular guy and one of the best cinematographers alive).

Here’s where the film completely and utterly fails: every single attempt to tie the main storyline into a commentary on race. The initial juxtapositions are fine: a white family’s violent exploits and a black family just trying to live, the violence of a mob and the tranquility of a family home, the pristine nature of a suburban neighborhood and the tensions drawn over race. But if a film wants points for absurdity through juxtaposition–and believe me, I love things like that–it simply cannot have such a poor grasp on its tone. The storyline with the black family feels both deadly serious and entirely superfluous, a poor combination given the nature of the rest of the film. I get the gist: people in the neighborhood are so preoccupied with a perceived intrusion on their sanitized way of life that they don’t realize the real ugliness is happening right under their noses (and in turn, being facilitated by them). There’s a way to approach that in an effective manner, but every time Clooney and co. attempt to, the film screeches to a halt. Whatever, I love Oscar Isaac. Also, I got Clooney’s autograph at the premiere so all is good.

4 Responses to “Suburbicon Review”

  1. Cindy Bruchman October 30, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    How cool you got autographs! Oscar is golden in my book, too.

  2. peggyatthemovies October 31, 2017 at 2:36 am # have worked your way into the premiere status of LA premieres!!! yay! People don’t understand fighting to get an autograph with the crowds is tough work. I’ve never done it because it can get mob like and I hate being pushed & shoved.So kudos to you. Good review also.. I really didn’t like the film at all. By the time Oscar Isaac came to save it a little..I couldn’t rustle up the laugh .. I was done with it. ah well..I had high hopes for it but it happens.

    • polarbears16 November 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

      Yeah it’s truly an experience, so many autograph hounders trying to get as many things as possible signed.

      Agreed on the film.

  3. CineMuseFilms November 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    Nice to see your conflicted admiration for Clooney. I disagree with your review. Its not a great film, but its an audacious way to frame a story about conservative American values. I enjoyed it.

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