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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…
¨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.…
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…
Without force-feeding its timely and important message, this film illuminates history to enlighten our present, when the need for a free and independent press is more important than ever. With efficient and intricate storytelling, Clooney (who also wrote the screenplay) pays honorable tribute to the journalistic integrity of legendary CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow, who confronted the virulent and overzealous anti-Communist witch hunts of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1953, and emerged as a triumphant truth-seeker against the abuses of corporate and governmental power. As played by David Strathairn, Mr. Murrow is a dogged realist, keenly aware of the smear tactics that will be employed against him. While using crisp black-and-white cinematography to vividly recreate the electrifying atmosphere of the…
Consider the fact that this was made right in the middle of the Bush presidency, and that, at its core, it was clearly intended to be a straight-on critique of the President's policies, his decisions regarding the war in Iraq, and especially the disappointing coverage of the news on the part of the American press by looking at the great journalists of the past.
Also consider the fact that, years later, when Aaron Sorkin tried to do essentially the same thing in "The Newsroom", he came up with one of the most tone-deaf and out-of-touch television series of the past decade.
With those things in mind, I can't help but be incredibly impressed by how elegant a movie 'Good Night…
The best thing about Good Night, and Good Luck is it's golden and wonderfully intelligent script, the likes of which are not seen very often. Additionally the cast is truly something to behold (clearly director George Clooney pulled all his professional strings to get some of these people) with gripping performances all round from the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella, Ray Wise and specifically David Strathairn in the lead as Edward R. Murrow. The tension in this film is built up expertly, and you can really feel the importance of the subject matter; after all the 'red scare' under McCarthy was a defining point of the Cold War's effect on the average American. Although I'm not overly fond of modern films being black & white, this film is shot absolutely beautifully. I would recommend this film to anyone as it was thoroughly enjoyable, and not too massive of an undertaking at only 90 minutes long.
Clooney can certainly direct.
It looks gorgeous, but I struggled to maintain any interest in this particular slice of American history even for the films limited runtime.
Explores the role of news and the importance of defiance against baseless public campaigns.
A mostly dull movie that is only watchable because the actors are all really good. The story itself isn't much really. Newsman Edward Murrow being the first real media person to challenge McCarthyism. It was important but ultimately lacked much drama. McCarthy looked like a fool the entire time, Murrow and the rest of the newsman looked smart and heroic and ballsy. They add a weird, maybe true hidden marriage subplot to add drama, but the movie didn't do anything to make me actually care for it.
The majority of this film runs like a documentary. The actors master the material perfectly, and the tension felt is deep and sincere. This film is a character piece as well as a political movie, a film that makes you feel the pressure and the struggle of these characters as they do something as daring as people in their position could've done at that time. Compelling and skillfully directed, I have nothing but love for this movie.
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