Suburbicon Review

Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe

Director: George Clooney

Release date: 24th November 2017


Suburbicon, a small American town, founded in 1947 has around 62,000 inhabitants. 12 years have passed and the city is steadily growing. An African-American family moves into one of the houses and there’s immediately a town meeting about it. People are up in arms that their little town has become a ‘melting pot’. Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) lives with his wife and young son, and one night there is a violent home invasion. Two thugs arrive at the house and tie the family up. They are then all chloroformed. A murder occurs and the whole family is left shaken to its core. The young boy, Nicky (Noah Jupe) wakes up in hospital, confused and still a little drowsy. He is informed of the tragedy and soon his aunt comes to live with them. Nicky is treated with kid gloves by all the local neighbours and he soon befriends the son of the new family that just moved in. The hunt is on for the attackers. Who are they and what was their sinister motive?


The newest offering written by the amazing Coen Brothers, George Clooney and Grant Heslov and directed by George Clooney is a darkly funny and black humoured comedy. With some amazing past movies under their belts, No Country for Old Men, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, Fargo and The Big Lebowski to name but a few, the Coens are back with a really great piece of cinema.


Being a big fan of the Coen brothers’ movies, I was quite excited to see what all the fuss was about, with regard to ‘Suburbicon’. I’d seen a couple of short trailers beforehand but went into the screening knowing very little about the plot itself. I do like Matt Damon as a lead actor and he carries this movie brilliantly. It’s a fairly straight forward story, as stories go, but the thing I loved most was the brilliant twists and turns that happened throughout the film. Lots of visual clues scattered through the movie and I think I’ll definitely have to watch it again to appreciate it thoroughly.

The thing about the racial unrest caused by the arrival of the new family was kinda sad but I guess that’s probably what 50s USA might have been like. It was kind of like there were 2 stories happening at the same time.


I really enjoyed ‘Suburbicon’ and I’d advise any fans of the Coens to give it a watch. The humour is very smart and keeps you guessing all the way through. A great possible date night movie, try and make sure you see it on the big screen. The soundtrack is also really great!

Overall: 8.5/10


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