Good Night, And Good Luck Reviews
(Full review coming soon)
Not to discourage anyone, but even if you are one of those people who truly believes america is NOT the land of the free and NOT the home of the brave, that all men are NOT created equal, and that large corporations and the people that own them have more rights under the constitution than your ordinary Joe, you will not want to watch this movie. It's just one long back slapping by a bunch of nitwits who saw something that was obviously going nowhere and decided, in their egotistic magnanimity, to make a mountain of the proverbial mole hill.
No luck here.
Edward R. Murrow had a way with words, but not in a manipulative sense. Instead he was very eloquent in expressing his conviction and critical analysis. He was a crusader for independent thinking over ideological lunacy.
True to his personal code of journalistic integrity, decency and honor, Murrow took on the absurd witch-hunt pioneered by McCarthy knowing that he himself could be subjected to the slander and ludicrous persecution of McCarthy and his followers. He held his ground bringing intellectual discipline and a different perspective to the general public via television news. In doing so he did his part in stopping the influence of an extremist politician hell bent on spreading hysteria so he may capitalize on it.
An excellent choice to have it in black and white. A truly great film!
Nevertheless, a very good movie that looks fantastic in black and white.
From the very beginning, the film sets a very serious tone that lasts throughout the duration. The dialogue is smart and lean - except when Murrow has the chance to lecture McCarthy due to his accusations. The whole black-and-white thing not only makes sense from an accuracy standpoint, but it lends to the severity of the subject matter at hand. Additionally, the fact that the entire film takes place in the studio keeps the audience engaged and gives off a feeling that they are part of the events that transpire on-screen. In terms of acting, Clooney does his usual respectable job, while Jeff Daniels Alex Borstein, Tate Donovan and Frank Langella all play their roles to a T. Robert Downey, Jr. and Patricia Clarkson perhaps are the most relatable characters in the film, as they hide their marriage from their colleagues because CBS' policy forbids employees to be in relationships.
There are very few scenes in 'Luck' that are remarkable, but there are few scenes that seem like a waste of time, as well. The highlights of the film are surely anytime Murrow is in the midst of a broadcast, as his delivery and commentary are spot-on. There are also a few good behind the scenes looks at the sensitivities considering the politics of the day, and how divisive issues could be even amongst the media, which is in and of itself interesting.
'Good Night and Good Luck' can definitely be considered a Clooney "pet project," but it's a pet project that at least revolves around interesting subject matter, and has some substance.