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…
A nice looking movie that is more of a historical recreation than any serious dramatic piece, like Man on the Moon with a political bent. I found it kinda dull and preachy. How about making a film that's sympathetic to McCarthy? That would be a real challenge. Script by George Clooney.
Considering the subject matter this feels surprisingly cosy, but that's no criticism. This is a very solid film with some nice performances, a great soundtrack and some beautiful shots.
Η σημασία και η δυσκολία της καλής δημοσιογραφίας και της καλής τηλεόρασης.Απίστευτο πως οι πιο δυνατές σκηνές της ταινίας είναι αυτές που οι πρωταγωνιστές εκφράζονται μέσω της σιωπής τους.
It's clearly made with a lot of passion, but I just wasn't emotionally attached to the story at all. The stakes didn't feel that large (when in reality they were) and the acting wasn't all the great either. A slow and soulless disappointment.
This film is so dry and makes me wish that I watched two episodes of BBC's "The Hour" instead because that TV show is far more engaging and exciting, it also has Ben Whishaw in it so yeah.
By its end, 'Good Night, and Good Luck' evolves into a prophetic vision of how television and film can be used to illuminate or insulate, educate or entertain. That’s not to suggest informative media can’t be entertaining, and vice versa. Clooney’s treatise on media manages to be both; an amalgamation of intelligence and entertainment. Unfortunately, upon further examination of the culture we inhabit, I’d contend we have – by in large – fatally misused a medium with the potential to inspire and inform.
Perhaps Cassius really was right: “The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
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David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow is nothing short of brilliant. Great cast, writing and directing.....in my oipnion, this is not only one of the best films Clooney ever made, but it's simply one of the best films in cinematic history.....
Superb film, don't really have anything negative to say. Clooney should have won best director, quite possibly also his best acting performance, he just disappears into the character. The cast is magnificent. Thought provoking, intelligent, and a film that will occupy your mind well after the final credits have rolled.
'Good Night and Good Luck' is George Clooney's second film behind the camera. Set during the height of McCarthyism between 1953 and 1958, Clooney focuses on Edward R. Murrow as he takes on junior Senator McCarthy. More importantly, this is not a political film, Clloney instead smartly and fairly approavhes both sides using simply what is necessary narratively so as not to overly vilify or glorify either side. However, I believe, right or wrong, this films message regards the fate and use of television.
"We have a built in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information; our mass media reflect this." - Ed Murrow
While this quote, taken from Murrow's 1958 RTNDA speech more overtly reflects Murrow's view, I feel the…