Review: It is the year 1959, the Lodge family live in a peaceful, idyllic suburban community. It is a perfect place to raise a family although on the surface masks a disturbing reality. Husband and father Gardner Lodge turns to the town’s dark side of betrayal, deceit and violence.
Director: George Clooney
Actors: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Steve Monroe, Landon Gordon, Hope Banks, Karimah Westbrook, James Handy, Mather Zickel, Josh Meyer, Vince Cefalu, Michael D. Cohen, Corey Allen Kotler, Leith M. Burke, Noah Jupe and Tony Espinosa
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama and Mystery
George Clooney has weaved two different stories into one film. The one story is what the Coen Brothers wrote and never got made and the second one is based on a true story where a African American family have moved into a white area. I didn’t really get the film and didn’t really think the two story-lines worked. It didn’t really know at the end of the day what film it wanted to be. As always a fantastic performance from Oscar Isaac. Great to see Matt Damon in a completely different role although wasn’t his best performance by a long way. I admire George Clooney taking on the role of director but I just want him to stick with acting. Actor Josh Brolin was cast in the movie as a baseball coach but his scenes ended up being removed after a test screening. It is believed that Woody Harrelson dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. It was a completely different film to what I thought it would be.