The Coen Brothers have always specialized in the strangest kinds of social satires. From Barton Fink to Hail, Caesar!, the Minneapolis natives have a knack for creating characters that you can’t help but love, hate, and think about long after the credits have rolled. Their latest – Suburbicon, written by the brothers alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov, and directed by Clooney – stars Matt Damon as a family man named Gardner Lodge who reaches his breaking point after a seemingly random home invasion results in the death of his wife, leaving him to raise their only son.
But things aren’t quite what they seem. As a pesky detective played by Oscar Isaac begins investigating the crime, he realizes that Lodge is closer to all of the goings-on than he let on, especially when mobsters start showing up dead all over town. The film also co-stars Julianne Moore as Lodge’s late wife, with a score by Alexandre Desplat, cinematography from Oscar-winner Robert Elswit, and production design from James Bissell, who’s worked with George Clooney on all of his other directorial outings.
Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.
Collaborations between George Clooney, Matt Damon, and the Coens are pretty common at this point, but this is actually the first time Clooney will be directing a Coen screenplay after starring in four of their films. In fact, it seems like Clooney is making his way into directing full-time. After starring in last year’s Money Monster, which was actually pretty good despite the fact that no one saw it, Clooney hasn’t lined up any new acting projects for himself and has definitely slowed down in terms of his acting career, starring in just seven films since 2011, while directing three.
Depending on how Suburbicon performs, this may be the beginning of Clooney’s illustrious new career as a prestige director! Check out the trailer and be sure to see the film when it hits theaters on October 27th, 2017!