George Clooney and Matt Damon are back with the Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan Coen) this fall with a new action comedy... horror? The first trailer for Suburbicon is out, and it certainly looks... interesting, to say the least.
The last Coen Brothers film we saw was last year's Hail, Caesar! (2016), starring George Clooney among many other notable actors and actresses, which was met with a lukewarm reception. That film was rated PG-13, and while it did have some elements of typical Coen Brothers magic, Suburbicon looks to be getting down and dirty again with what these writer brothers do best and have done before with hits like The Big Lebowski (1998), No Country For Old Men (2007), and even the slightly atypical for them, Bridge of Spies (2015), from director Steven Spielberg.
Last seen in The Great Wall (2016), Matt Damon is once again our leading man in what seems to be a cozy, quiet, "suburban" community, in the vein of maybe what you'd find in Pleasantville (1998) or that neighborhood where Indiana Jones climbed into a fridge to survive a nuclear blast. That town peacefulness soon dissipates as break-ins and murders appear to become the new norm. This is not Damon's first Coen Brothers project, for those that do not remember the Jeff Bridges True Grit (2010) remake.
While the trailer certainly is entertaining and intriguing, it's difficult to make out what this movie is trying to be, from a genre standpoint that is. Then again, this is not exactly surprising with some of the films that the Coen Brothers have brought us, that balanced serious scenes with comical characters like those of Burn After Reading (2008) or Fargo (1996). George Clooney will be in the director's chair this time, and he recently was quoted as saying that the film is "not a comedy," but you'll find it's hard not to laugh in the closing shot of the trailer that has Matt Damon's character, Gardner, speeding away from an explosion on a tricycle. It's safe to say that regardless of Clooney's message, there will be plenty of chuckle-worthy moments to alleviate the high tension presented in this trailer. The visual style and production design of the film is very Coen-esque, and hard to tear your eyes away from. Drugs and violence permeate the trailer, giving reason for the usual R-rating.
Suburbicon will star Matt Damon (Jason Bourne (2016)), Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)), and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)), and breaks into theaters on October 27, 2017.
Check out the first trailer below and see what you think!