Film Review – Suburbicon (2017)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

15 Responses

  1. As always, your reviews are an enjoyable read but I cannot agree with your conclusions. There are many faults in this film, but it is also an audacious way to frame the bigger story about conservative white America. I believe it is being misread by the masses and the twin-plot muddle actually makes the audience complicit in seeing the bigger issue of systemic racism as a background story while the domestic white crime gets all the attention. I enjoyed it.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it but I still can’t agree with you lol (this happens way too often). Let’s say for the sake of argument that everything you just said is right, it’s still too dull of a movie to recommend. It’s neither hard-hitting or entertaining, leaving its supposed message to be heard by deaf ears that tuned out 30 minutes ago.

      As always, however, I appreciate your thoughts! It’s fun to debate film without being called a moron 😂

      • Always up for a debate Nick. Words like dull, hard-hitting and entertaining are of course highly subjective, while criticisms like narratively confused etc can be substantiated. I saw this in a fairly full cinema and sensed full engagement with the film right to the end. I’m perplexed at the intensity of the virulent criticism from all quarters when I know this is far from the worst film of 2017. Why is Clooney so hated?

      • Nick Kush says:

        I’m not sure why Clooney is hated (i for one like him very much). But, going back to the “substantial” argument. I would argue that the two narrative threads are so disconnected that making the leap to say that that has something to do with its thematic elements is more of guess than fact. Sure, there’s always room for ambiguity in films, but something was missing here that just didn’t allow the film to be cohesive.

      • I will have one more attempt to sway you then retreat. The twin plotlines is genius but confusing. It forces the audience to engage with the more detailed but cliched murder mystery while literally only glancing over the fence at the horrors being heaped on the Mayer family. The escalating attacks on the Mayers is rendered mere background noise, just like the racist attacks that occur across America (and elsewhere) on a daily basis. Both plots are home invasions and both show the hypocrisy of middle class conservatism. I cannot see how the word ‘dull’ applies when both stories kept tension rising to the closing credits.

      • Nick Kush says:

        See this is one of those situations were I really like how you thought that through but I just fundamentally disagree lol. Maybe we just have different ways of looking at film!

  2. Steve says:

    Trailer doesn’t look so bad (I’ve seen worse) but then again I guess that’s the point of a trailer to trick you into spending your money on garbage 😉

    Out of curiosity, sincere question since you’ve done your homework, how does a fellow like you or me, neither of us having been alive anywhere near the fifties, judge the accuracy of a film’s portrail of the decade? You mentioned the remote, but I’m curious about the process you go through in researching these films. Always a joy to read here

    • Nick Kush says:

      It’s definitely more a “feel” type of scenario there were a movie gives off a more authentic feel than others. You can definitely tell when one film does it better than another, yanno?

      • Steve says:

        I definitely feel it, but how do I (we) know how accurate our “feels” are, being that our only exposure to the 50s has been from television and the movies? Just a head game I play with myself sometimes, because unless you were there, you really don’t know how something was – sometimes you don’t know even if you were there! 😉

      • Nick Kush says:

        It’s very true! Idk it felt pretty good to me! I was really reaching to give this film any positives to begin with lol

      • Steve says:

        It really was that bad huh? Wow…

      • Nick Kush says:

        It’s pretty dreadful. I was really looking forward to this one too. Ohh well…

    • Nick Kush says:

      Also, that’s why MoviePass is so great lol

  3. I’ll be sure to give this one a miss!

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