First Trailer for George Clooney's SUBURBICON Starring Matt Damon

After the first round of films slated to play at the Toronto International Film Festival were announced on Tuesday it quickly became more clear what the fall release schedule might look like as well as giving a clearer picture on who the awards contenders could potentially be come the end of the year. That said, George Clooney's latest directorial effort, Suburbicon, will be making bows at both TIFF and Venice, but what kind of role it will play in the eventual awards season is yet to be determined. Fashioned after a screenplay originally written by the Coen brothers Clooney, along with co-writer and producer Grant Heslov, apparently decided to take this in a darker direction rather than the more satiric one the Coens had in mind. The story of Suburbicon takes place in the late fifties and follows husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) who must navigate his seemingly peaceful and idyllic suburban community’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. In what is billed as a tale of, "very flawed people making very bad choices," the trailer certainly lives up to that description as Clooney's trademark gallows humor and classic aesthetic drip off every frame of this thing. I kind of adore the way in which Clooney consistently returns to this time period that has been so affected by nostalgia and those rose-tinted glasses that everything is now seen through this sheen of perfection and sparkling white teeth. Of course, the truth is, there was a lot wrong with America and the state of many a social issues at that time that were so swept under the rug it only seemed as if everyone was happy with the ways things are going. As we human history has learned time and time again when you bottle up something for too long the inevitable explosion to come will likely be worse than had we simply decided to address things head on. Suburbicon looks to be a tale of one of those moments in time when everything boiled over and the anger could no longer be contained. That said, it also looks like a really fun time at the movies and Damon looks to give a knock-out performance returning to a form he hasn't visited in some time. I'll certainly be making a point to see this at TIFF and hope it turns out to be as great as it has the potential to be. Suburbicon also stars Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, Oscar Isaac, Glenn Fleshler, Megan Ferguson, Jack Conley, Steve Monroe, and opens on October 27th, 2017.

Synopsis: 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.

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