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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…
Always enjoy watching this movie. Like Network or The Insider just one of the all time best movies about TV news.
David Strathairn in his whole career I'd say is just criminally underused and he's always been worth watching.
Strathairn's one of those few "never not good" actors like Richard Jenkins or JK Simmons.
And in this movie as Murrow he finally got a chance to "show off" in a lead, however this brings me to my only real problem with the movie.
And I think this is the one and only time I've ever said this about a film:
Good Night and Good Luck is too short.
The film is excellent and is perfectly paced and never drags. But…
Didn't really get into the film.
Filmwise, it was ok at storytelling, but its long winded speeches really take it away. But it's based on this true story, so I guess they have to do this. Guess its just not my kind of thing.
But did make me consider a lot of things in terms of its message. A good one.
A powerful, essential film that still can't help but feel slight given its reliance on actual news footage and its stunningly-brief 93-minute runtime.
Better than I remembered.
Warner Independent Pictures presents George Clooney's thoughtful exploration of society in a time of suspicion. Edward Murrow, flawlessly played by David Straithairn, reports on the abuses of Senator McCarthy of Wisconsin.
This is neither a conflict driven narrative nor a documentary. Good Night, and Good Luck delivers the audience a feeling of 'being there.' Jazz punctuates the film, serving as a counterpoint to every beat, as a star-studded cast interacts with sumptuous lighting and engaging camerawork.
George Clooney's directing is as handsome as his acting. The 90-minute feature pulls off several side stories (thanks to the capable supporting cast) and, in the tradition of such movies as Network, a heartfelt message taken from Edward Murrow's own words.
Good Night, and Good Luck concerns itself with free-speech, surveillance, and responsible media. Coming from George Clooney, philanthropist-actor-director, in 2005, a calming aesthetic mates with intellectual rigor for just the right running time.
I think I was expecting something greater, but I still liked the film a lot. What took me by surprise was George Clooney’s minimalist view of the events, confining the story to the CBS studio - only twice going to a bar somewhere nearby and once to the senate briefly. And I have to say I liked this approach. Clooney didn't want to take you in emotionally, with sweeping strings and Murrow at home facing inner demons with his wife and kids. No, that would be bordering on the style of propaganda Murrow speaks of in TV in his opening speech of the film - the disintegration of education and values with the advent of commercial television. Clooney has formulated…
Can you imagine if they got this George Clooney to direct The Monuments Men?
A film experience that blends in actual news footage with a compelling story that holds no punches in delivery of great story about a time (1950s) when television newsmen where respected for their devotion to their job and standpoints and George Clooney has a great eye of capturing the period and story in all its cinematic greatness.
With great performances from David Strathairn, Clooney, Frank Langella among a vast number of other great costars, Good Night and Good Luck has a real message and its delivery is well executed.
My Take: Fine filmmaking. Nuff said. Good Night and Good Luck.
In a year that most people remember for the Brokeback Mountain vs. Crash Oscar debacle, I would've vastly preferred the Best Picture award be taken home by a much less notorious, much more unassuming film about the bravery and professionalism of journalist Edward R. Murrow.
Murrow (played brilliantly by veteran character-actor David Strathairn) taking on Senator McCarthy was an excellent example of a time when the media was a champion of the people in the face of a corrupt individual in power. The film was set during the Red Scare, a time when communists, homosexuals, and others deemed “un-American” could lose their entire lives because a few corrupt individuals in power preyed on the irrational fear of the populace. Seeing…
Letter Grade: C+
"There's no news, boys, so go out there and make some news. Rob a bank, mug an old lady, whatever, just do something."
I'm a high school U.S. history teacher and even I at times had a hard time watching this. Not that it was too boring, although I love history so maybe that's why I was able to enjoy it some. And yes I know it was made as a docudrama but still. I give George Clooney credit for doing what he wants to do as a filmmaker. Not a lot of stars have the guts or better yet the education to do projects like this or some of his other work. Clooney and Grant Heslov…
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