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Suburbicon - Written Movie Review

Today I'm reviewing the 2017 film Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney, written by both Clooney and the Coen Brothers, and stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac. Suburbicon is a peaceful suburban community with perfect neighbors and manicured lawns in your typical Pleasantville-ish 1950s community that's perfect to raise a family. In the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that till Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) falls in debt with some mobster loan sharks. The Gardners must navigate through the town's dark underbelly of betrayal and violence to stay alive. When I seen the trailers to this film, it looked very interesting, especially seeing that the Coen Brothers had some involvement in the writing. This film was okay, but it's kind of boring and very predictable. I did enjoy the majority of the performances, but Matt Damon has a key moment in the beginning of the film that pretty much gave away the plot just by his own emotions. This film has great dialogue, but only in the beginning of the film and the third act. The writing of this film is kind of messy because Clooney thought it was a great idea to write some of it and then let the Coen Brothers write the other part, which made the story feel very tone-deaf. You have half of the plot where we are focusing on Matt Damon and his family being terrorized by mobster loan sharks and then you have another part of the plot where we're dealing with this African-American family moving in to the neighborhood and the community not being thrilled with it. Clooney does deliver a certain message that he wants the audience to understand, (which I did like), as to the reason why he had both of those plots lines going on which I caught on very quickly with, but it still makes the film feel like two different stories that don't blend well. It's like if I crossed Pleasantville and American History X. It sounds interesting on paper, but it just doesn't blend together unless racism is your main source material for the plot. I do praise the film for catching the 1950s design very well and I enjoyed the unique 1930s black-and-white mobster score that Clooney chose that blended well despite being from 2 different eras. The pacing did manage to drag a lot in the middle and I got bored with it until the final act. Overall, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't that good either. It's very forgettable and predictable scene-for-scene. I'm going to give Suburbicon a 5/10. What were your thoughts on this movie? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you on my next review.

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