THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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SUBURBICON (2017)


WOW are the reviews harsh for Suburbicon! There's some major talent in this film - Matt Damon and Julianne Moore as the leads, George Clooney as the director, and the great Joel and Ethan Coen handling the script. There is one big problem with this 50s era film, - while we watch a Blood Simple-style story about idiots who think they know what they're doing and plot to kill a wife (and sister) for insurance money, there's a parallel story told about a black family who moves onto their block. As the wacky, demented, twisted and amusing tale unfolds, this dead serious race relations story shares the screen. It gets nastier and uglier as it goes on and the contrast between the stories is just too much. You just need to ignore the second story (it will be much easier on home video to do that) and focus on the main plot. Damon is in love with his wife's sister (both are twins and both played by Moore). They concoct a plot to have the wife, who's in a wheelchair from a car accident, killed in a home invasion by a couple of dumb thugs.  Nasty but dumb (classic Coen brothers characters). Using their scared young child as a witness (he's unaware of the plot), they overdose her with chloroform enough to make her a corpse (everybody gets a dose to make it look good). Soon the sister moves in with dad and child and they wait to collect the insurance money. But they have screwed up SO many things that the cops are suspicious and an oily insurance investigator (Oscar Isaac, who's spot on) drops by to say he knows they killed her - jeez, it's SO obvious - and he wants the money or he'll go to the cops. This leads to all kinds of carnage and the craziness increases until pretty much everyone is dead. Damon is great as the buttoned-up 50s type who isn't exactly Father Knows Best when it comes to being a dad - or a murdering genius! Moore matches him stride for stride (she makes a mean doctored peanut butter and jelly sandwich). There's a wacko movie here waiting to be enjoyed. It just shouldn't have been crosscut with a deadly serious racism in the 50s story. I'd love to see Suburbicon re-edited with additional material from the Damon storyline and to have the other materials chopped out. That I would watch again! 


TLA ONE WORD REVIEW : Twisted



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