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George Clooney hosted the wrap party December 3, 2016 for the Productions Cast and Crew at The Smokehouse Restaurant in Burbank which his production company is named for and is located across the street from Warner Brothers Studios where the production offices abs stages for the film were located. The host himself narrated for all in attendance a behind the scenes slideshow of the productions activities on set. See more »
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Satire? Social commentary? Murder mystery? What a mess!
2.5 stars... Satire? social commentary? murder mystery? "Suburbicon" (2017 release; 105 min.) is, as we learn in the movie's opening commercial, a suburban city founded in 1947 with now 60,000 inhabitants "and the only thing missing is... you!". We then get to know the Lodge family, with Gardner, his wife Rose, her twin sister Maggie, and their young son Nicky. One evening Gardner gets Nicky out of bed because 2 men have broken into the house and are up to no good. In a parallel story, Suburbicon is shaken up when the first African-American family moves in right next door to the Lodge family. The Suburbicon Betterment Committee is outraged. At this point we're 10 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the latest movie directed by George Clooney. He is working from a scrip of the Coen brothers, who reportedly cam up with this in the mid-80s. (Maybe that is where it should've been left...) The movie has the Coen fingers all over it, yet fails dismally on many levels. Is this supposed to be a satirical take on the now seemingly idyllic late 50s? (The movie is set in 1959, we learn at some point.) Or is this a social commentary about racism in suburbia? Or in this a murder mystery of some sort? Truth is that the movie tries to be all of those things, and as a result isn't anyone of those things. The all-star cast goes for naught in this mess (Matt Damon, Julianna Moore, etc.), but there is a true break-out performance, namely from Noah Jupe, the little boy play the role of Nicky. Check out the final scene between Gardner and Nicky, and you will know what I mean. The set production is pristine. And last but certainly not least, the orchestral score by composer Alexandre Desplat is tops. But that is not nearly enough to save this badly misjudged movie.
"Suburbican" opened wide this weekend and outright bombed at the box office (less than $3 million, the worst opening ever for either Clooney or Damon). The early Sunday evening screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was attended dismally (5 people, including myself). Given the bad reception this move has gotten by critics and the general audience alike, I can't see this playing more that a week or two in theaters. Maybe this will find some more interest when available on VOD and eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, although I certainly cannot in good conscience recommend this to anyone. Viewer beware!
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