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Good Night, and Good Luck.
They took on the Government with nothing but the truth.
George Clooney’s fact-based drama about the famous radio journalist Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Every country has its dark periods in history, often with filled with war and intolerance. It does not happen that often though that a country turns on itself, fearing a secular belief associated with an enemy far away. McCarthy's witchhunt for communist sympathisers has always been a historical event that has intrigued me. It turned one of the most powerful nations in the world into a paranoia ridden country fueled by intolerance and fear. It shows that the drive of one person can lead to dangers that affect an entire country, ruining many lives in the process.
Clooney provides us with a stunningly accurate slice of history. He documents the fight of legendary…
Good Night, and Good Luck is a powerful and gripping political drama that portrays the 1950's era with the perfect atmosphere of the fear of Communism lived through that times.
The power of dialogue is immense and no matter the slow paced of the film, you never get bored!
David Strathairn steals the show and gives an absolutely great performance as Edward R. Murrow the CBS news reporter , which gave him a well deserved Oscar nomination. The rest of the members of cast, as the group of journalist who worked with Murrow gave authentic performances, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella among others were all fantastic. What is also amazing about this film is how any…
Unlike his recent production on the film, Argo, George Clooney actually provides a very accurate historical film that never douses itself into sensationalism or overt dramatization. It's very matter-of-fact, which has its pros and its cons. It takes away some emotional aspects that this film could've benefitted from; yet, it allows the film is be true to the story and remain relevant to today's political world.
The film centers in the early 1950s; the first years of broadcast journalism, following reporter Edward Murrow as he fights to bring down senator Joseph McCarthy. It's an interesting true story premise, particularly interesting to myself. And, as with most political dramas, it's mainly dialogue driven. However, unlike most, the dialogue is this film's…
Fascinating look at the media's role ably directed by co-star George Clooney. This is an actor's movie, with a litany of character actors who all put in great performances. None are better than David Straithairn though who anchors the film with Edward R. Murrow's quiet strength and conviction. Ideologically heavy-handed at times, even for someone who agrees with the message. Some of the Robert Downey Jr./Patricia Clarkson storyline seemed extraneous and tacked on, as did the two or three jazz numbers. At a scant ninety minutes, they were likely added to pad the film to feature length, but they don't detract anything. Destined to be shown in high school history and civics classrooms, if it isn't shown there already.
There is nothing I love more in film than good dialogue, and this film uses it so exceptionally, and is utterly unrelenting in its power. Every aspect of this film was captivating, most notably the performance by David Strathairn as the unwavering and high-minded Edward R. Murrow, who delivered each line with such conviction and belief.
One of the greatest aspects of this film was the feel of it. All of the little details which made it feel so genuine to the 1950's, is really what helped make this film so complete. The supporting cast was absolutely flawless and each character added more depth necessary to make the film succeed so admirably.
Perhaps it is because I myself graduated with…
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Before I say anything else, I should probably say that I know hardly anything about the McCarthy hearings in America, meaning that I have absolutely no idea why I decided to watch this. However, I'm glad that I did.
The cast here is simply outstanding - David Strathairn as Ed Murrow in particular. At certain parts of the film, he tells you all you need to know about what he's thinking through a single facial expression. Likewise, George Clooney (Wait, he wrote and directed this as well? Wow) is on form as the producer assisting Murrow on his campaign to do the right thing and not back down from a sensitive…
There aren't many important films these days, but I think this might be one of them. Especially given the times in which it was made. It revisits the 1953-54 Sen. Joseph McCarthy hearings and newsman Edward R. Murrow (Straithairn)'s quest to expose the hypocrisy and fear-mongering therein.
The film is both a stunningly evocative and seamless period piece, and a modern cautionary tale, outlining the perils of suppression of dialogue and bypassing of due process.
It's not, as I had feared, a liberal polemic, but a story of having the courage to stand up for what is right. Less about the inner workings of journalism than it is about character and dissent -- and that dissent itself is not equivalent…
“If none of us ever read a book that was ‘dangerous’, had a friend who was ‘different’, or joined an organisation that advocated ‘change’, we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants." - Edward R. Murrow
Every year, there is a handful of films that define it as a whole. Whether having a social or political statement, or capturing an element of society’s collective consciousness, these films are the first that spring to mind upon reflection. In 2012, it was Zero Dark Thirty. In 2010, it was The Social Network. This year, it’s likely to be Boyhood. These films aren’t always necessarily the best of the year, but they are the most memorable, due to their…
Being a political drama, it's refreshingly subtle, down-played and low-key.
Edward R. Murrow
Is a hero. This was his
Greatest, finest hour.
I appreciated the way it was shot and acted however I never managed to get completely enthralled by the politics at play.
A weird, cold, lifeless movie.
Good Night, and Good Luck, for me, is an education. Until I saw this film, about 6 or 7 years ago, I had little idea of what it must have been like to live under such suspicion; to be viewed as a threat to national security, when all you did was read a newspaper or happen to know someone whose family might have visited Eastern Europe twenty years previously. Don't ask me why American history is not taught in Blighty; it doesn't make any sense to me either. McCarthy is almost hysterical with rage and paranoia, considering himself the saviour of America, fighting against unknown enemies. Ed Murrow and co reveal him for what he really is and are almost broken by the experience. This is history that deserves to be taught.
Watching Good Night, and Good Luck was a frustrating experience because while it was obviously a well made film, I couldn't understand the context so I lost a lot of the meaning and therefore couldn't become as interested as I would have liked, because it is an important subject matter. For those who are interested in the subject the film covers, it will be an enjoyable watch as the cinematography captures the period effectively and makes the film stylish, as well as the A-List cast all putting in fine performance. In particular, as Edward R. Murrow, David Strathain delivers a fine performance showing confidence in front of the camera when delivering broadcast speeches, and his relaxed nature in the office…
Wish it would have done a better job of fleshing out McCarthy himself, who ends up as little more than newsreel sound bites.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- The Broadway Melody
As we near the kickoff to Oscar season, I figured it would be appropriate for the site to have a…