Soundtrack Review: Suburbicon

Soundtrack Review: Suburbicon

Suburbicon Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Suburbicon by Alexandre Desplat.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 97.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 54.9
Album Excellence: 80.8%

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Suburbicon is a 2017 American crime comedy film directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore & Oscar Isaac. 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. The score is composed by Alexandre Desplat.

I’ve never lived in the suburbs, but while some people make it out to be paradise, it’s hell for others. I don’t think I would enjoy living that way myself, I’m too much of an individualist. This isn’t the first movie telling the story how paradise can be anything but, however some interesting writers on this one including the Coen brothers. Coen and Clooney seems like a great match of course, and yet the movie seems to fail and fail badly. Ah well, I’m all for a ride back to 1959 and the suburbs and the music might just be exactly what we need. The score opens with ‘Welcome To Suburbicon’ and I dare you all not to smile when you listen to it. It’s perfection! You’ve probably seen those classic 50s/60s happy moments in film or TV or even the silly commercials. This is that kind of silliness with amazingly happy music all around. I can practically see the people washing their cars and cutting their lawns all smiling and waving. Heck, there might even be a cartoon bird or three as well. Loving it.

I love that Desplat has created this in the spirit of 59 and I feel the music reflects that with the subtle strings and simple yet lovely melodies. There’s even a jazz cover of the classic song ‘When I Fall In Love’ to tide you over, and does it. However nice the "niceties" sounds like in this score, what really makes or breaks the score is how the darker music sounds and luckily it sounds rather delightful. A perfect noir style of music which isn’t too dark to be fair, but there’s a huge contrast between the happy music and the darker music like ‘7000 Apples’. Near the end, Desplat goes all Herrmann on us with huge homages to Psycho and other Hitchcock classics. Personally I couldn’t be much happier with how the score for this movie turned out and it’s too bad that the movie doesn’t seem to have the same success rate, but this one definitely deserves to be talked up big time.

1. Welcome To Suburbicon
2. Friends
3. When I Fall In Love
4. A Prayer For Rose
5. 7000 Apples
7. Bud Cooper
8. The Line Up
9. A Sweet Aroma
10. We’ll Go To Aruba
11. What Did You Do?
12. Mrs. Lodge Called
14. Blonde
15. Basement Games
16. Closet Conversation
17. Unlucky Bud
18. Falling Apart
19. Nicky Trapped
20. Aftermath
22. Playing Catch In The Sun
23. Suburbicon Good Night

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Suburbicon, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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