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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.
Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney, is a class act from start to finish. Robert Elswit's scrumptious cinematography provides the allure for a film that otherwise might bore some, especially since the screenplay gets straight to the point, causing the film to be completely devoid of heightened tension. Clooney takes a layered and matter of fact route with this iconic story of Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy, using a cracking script and a massive cast list of dedicated performers to sell every moment. David Strathairn is the highlight of the whole film, with the main broadcasts conveying an impressive amount of fear and historical importance.
A single problem keeps this little movie (although the subject is…
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…
A masterclass of filmmaking from start to finish.
So informative of history.
So exquisite of facts.
There needs to be more reporters like Edward Murrow, hands down, who doesn't give a crap about the extreme political tactics nor offending anyone and takes it like it is. Goes for honesty instead of the ratings. Man, the news media today needs more of that instead of the PC bull today.
Thank you George Clooney for making this. It made my 4th of July stick.
"Funny thing, Freddie, every time you light a cigarette for me, I know you're lying."
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…
¨There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful. The instrument can teach, it can illuminate. Yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely lights and wires in a box¨
Good Night, and Good Luck is a very intelligent film and it has some great performances as well as it focuses on real events from the 50`s dealing with TV journalist Edward Murrow and his confrontation with Senator McCarthy. It is a political film and one of the best movies about television journalism as well.…
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…
"Good Night and Good Luck" is one of those rare movies about a specific set of events in a specific time, that is somehow timeless. It feels as relevant today as when it was released ten years ago, and as the events were when they originally unfurled. The performances are strong, the editing and cinematography quite good. And it keeps pace, making you feel like a fly on the wall in tense studios and snatches of conversation. Another film that celebrates the higher ideals of America, with just the right balance of sentimentality and cynicism.
The shocking broadcast of See It Now, hosted by Edward R. Murrow, aimed to uncover the lies concocted by Senator Joseph McCarthy on the subject of American Communism. It became a turning point in American television. Murrow believed in the news. That American's had the right know, but only if they were willing.
Good Night, and Good Luck is shot in stunning black and white and with a soundtrack of smooth jazz played as an interlude to the tense yet not overly dramatic story. The story is poignant and shocking, yet doesn't try to play to one side or the other, merely to show you the facts and allow you to draw your own inclusion. It doesn't try to turn…
I like the setting, the era and the style of the movie but I didn't think the story was engaging enough. Lacked character development overall.
Great cast, but the storyline lacked purpose and depth. The story tried to convey that the character's actions were groundbreaking, but you never felt there were any threat or consequences for their actions. This made the self congratulations, which was prominent throughout the movie, feel shallow.
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Chosen by: Andrew S.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Lovely black and white tones and a great central performance but feels a tad slight
Smug. Humorless. Preachy. I like George Clooney and Robert Downey Jr. just fine but you put them together and add Jeff Daniels to the mix, and it's just too much. Simplistic and self-righteous.
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