Mention Joel and Ethan Coen and the words quirky and twisted come to mind.
Now keep these two words in mind if you’re planning on seeing SUBURBICON, opening in area theaters this weekend.
Here the writing Coen brothers serve up a dark American crime comedy—or is it a satire?
With lines like: “Mr. Lodge (Matt Damon)—haven’t you fuxxxd the insurance companies enough?” – you’re in for quite a ride.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The movie opens with a brief promotional video for the planned milquetoast community of Suburbicon, circa 1959 – the perfect place to raise a family.
That is until the burg’s tranquility morphs into a disturbing reality when—God forbid—a black family moves into the neighborhood.
Against that backdrop a couple of thugs turn up at Damon’s house where he lives with his young son, his wheelchair bound wive (Julianne Moore) and sister-in-law, also played by Moore.
What goes down from there would take away from the shocking, thriller aspects of the film.
Suffice it to say things get VERY tense—and bloody!
(Hint: Possible mob involvement and insurance fraud?)
It’s a somewhat confusing sub-plot to put it mildly.
But don’t give up.
After all, it’s from the fertile minds (and pens) of the Coen siblings who very seldom lead us astray.
Take note that the movie is directed by George Clooney who competently stirs us through the violent underbelly of Suburbicon by also haven co-written the script.
What would I compare SUBURBICON to when it comes to the Coen catalogue?
Hard to say. But there are definite traces of BLOOD SIMPLE and FARGO to be had in the film.
So welcome to the neighborhood.
Welcome to SUBURBICON where what you see isn’t necessarily what it IS!
My grade: B-
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings during Kansas City’s Morning News on 98.1 FM, KMBZ.