Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005)

28Jun10

David Strathairn (Edward R Murrow), Jeff Daniels (Sig Mickelson), Patricia Clarkson (Shirley Wershba), Robert Downey Jr. (Joe Wershba), George Clooney (Fred Friendly). Screenplay by Grant Heslow & George Clooney. Directed by George Clooney. Rating: PG. Running time: 93 minutes.

A strange little film that feels like it should be much longer and slower given its subject matter, Good Night and Good Luck is a surprisingly quick and short examination of Senator McCarthy’s communist witch-hunts, and one news corporation’s attempts at bringing him down. Documenting a time when America was deeply paranoid that this phantom enemy had infiltrated its federal government, and when anyone that suggested otherwise was the new target of McCarthy’s far-left allegations, a handful of CBS journalists took it upon themselves to utilise the new medium that was television, and convince the nation of the absurdity of McCarthy’s behaviour. Not interested in creating tension nor trying to provide shocks, the film quietly reenacts and observes the news broadcasts and their creation with footage of Senate trials interspersed, without deviating from its casual but informative pace. David Strathairn as Edward Murrow stands out as the driving force, not only as the crème of the acting ensemble, but also as the man that was in reality the main one fighting for an end to the unfounded witch-hunts, and an upholding of the constitutional right to the due process of law. This is an important retelling of history, and Clooney gets it to work pretty well.

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One Response to “Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005)”

  1. 1 Keith the barbarian

    I WILL PILLAGE YOUR KITCHEN!


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