What do you get when you combine a film written by the Coen brothers, directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon as a classic 1950’s all American white picket fence husband/father who’s actually indebted to the mob? The answer is Suburbicon, which just released it’s first trailer. It’s literally a mash up of a lot of things I love in movies: the Coen brothers are the masters of the dark comedy; Matt Damon is routinely fantastic in everything he’s in, and judging by this trailer that includes an in over his head father fending off the mob in Pleasantville USA; George Clooney is a beautiful, perfect man.
Clooney’s been around the Coen brothers before ( O Brother Where Art Thou, Burn After Reading, Hail, Caesar) and the trailer for Suburbicon nails that classic Coen brothers mood. On the surface everything looks peachy keen, but underneath that surface there is violence, bloodshed and ugliness. The mix of darkness and comedy is another Coen brother staple, and Matt Damon not only gets in a few one liners, but the closing scene of the trailer shows him riding away from an explosion on a tricycle. Give me all of this right now. Suburbicon opens October 27th.
A Coen Brothers film feels comparable to a Tarantino or a Wes Anderson film in that you know what you’re watching is unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced. Once you get beyond the cast (Clooney, Brolin, Johansson, McDormand, Tatum, Swinton, Hill, Fiennes, etc.) you have a visually beautiful film that seems like it’s just going to be a whole bunch of fun. Back to that cast, though. What a murderers row of actors and actresses they got for this film. I’ll see anything with Clooney in it, but to put him together with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin and Ralph Fiennes, Frances McDormand and Scarlett Johansson is downright silly. The movie doesn’t come out until February 2016, so hopefully this is the first of what are many more trailers to come.
Spielberg, Coen brothers, Tom Hanks. If this movie is anything but awesome then I’ll be a surprised man. Add in the fact that this movie is about a war, which is a Spielberg/Hanks special, and I’m on board. I also weirdly like that his is about the Cold War, which compared to other wars, isn’t done in movies too often (at least movies I’ve seen). We’ll have to wait until October for this one, but I’m sure the promotional tour will be starting very soon.