There are two things George Clooney seems to get off on: directing period pieces, and working with the Coen Brothers. So basically, his new film Suburbicon is the most George Clooney thing ever. It’s based on a script Joel and Ethan Coen wrote way back in the ’80s, after Blood Simple, which Clooney and regular writing partner Grant Heslov have reworked. Set in 1959, the film (which stars Matt Damon, a very blonde Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac) focuses on the Lodge family and their idyllic suburban neighborhood, which is torn apart by violence and deceit after a home invasion. Here’s the first trailer, for your viewing pleasure:
According to the official synopsis from Paramount: “This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices.” So yeah, it’s definitely from the minds of the Coens.
And from the looks of this trailer, it’s in good hands. Clooney seems to have nailed the perfect balance of dark humor (did you catch Moore taking a rolling pin to a bunch of pills?!) and bloodshed. Or maybe this is all an elaborate ruse so he can film Matt Damon taking a few solid punches to the face. Either way, I suspect we’re in for a treat.
Suburbicon will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and will open wide on October 27th.