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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…
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.
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 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…
Much too concerned with concocting a style, to play up every period clue to its largest significance. Clooney, as a director, never seems to get to the core of his inspiration - in this case, how media has come to be compromised, but also, it dramatically tails off right when things are supposed to erupt.
This is a fantastic look at journalism in the 1950s in the face of McCarthyism. A story that still resonates today, particularly at the time of it's release, if you were to replace communist with terrorist you could almost make a modern re-adaption. Beautifully shot acted and Directed, this is a great little piece of cinema about a very interesting historical period.
With the sort of themes and ideas that Clooney was trying to get across by telling this story, I would say he hit the nail on the head. As far as I know the film depicts events pretty accurately and doesn't need to insert made up bullshit or fabricate events too much to make what's going on interesting. Murrow himself is a captivating enough figure to keep the film going and the supporting cast is really solid too, including Downey Jr. before the real recognition that his life was back on track from Iron Man. There were times where I thought that there was a little too much focus on Clooney but when the battle between Murrow and McCarthy got…
Quite possibly my favorite performance by George Clooney.
A decent, well-shot film. I expected a more gripping story though.
Good Night, and Good Luck. is my first foray into George Clooney's directorial work, and is a film that I was too young to completely *get* around the peak of its fame. Historical dramas can be rather hit-or-miss for me, since they often dwell on simple, formulaic narrative progression, opting out of doing anything new with pre-determined material. This film, however, managed to create a slick, compelling drama that also happens to look really nice. The genuine atmosphere and feel of this film felt like it was lifted straight from the 1950s. It helped that a good 30% of this film was essentially stock footage; yet the way it was edited side-by-side with the acting parts was so seamless, aiding…
One of those films that is able to simply coast on subject matter alone.
Make no mistake, this is a well-shot film, and the acting is solid. Unfortunately, I felt it was also a bit cold. Very informative, but in the end there's very little investment to be had here.
In some respects I understand why. This is a film that simply aims to inform and educate, and in that respect it succeeds. That being said, I'll be damned if it didn't leave me wanting more. I simply wanted to know more about Morrow. In my mind the dude warranted a more in-depth look into the very psyche and nature of who he was as a man.
If anything, it shows that films can succeed solely on subject matter alone. Nonetheless one has to think (or hope) that a better film portraying the McCarthy period will eventually be made and distributed to the masses. Till then, this will do.
God Gerorge Clooney... how do you screw up Edward R Murrow's story so badly! There was a great movie made about a guy who only interviews Nixon, but you can't make a movie about the guy who took down Joseph McCarthy and the red scare and make it an unwatchable bore? Christ...
Also, making a movie black and white does not automatically make it artsy...
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