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A passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson, Good Night, And Good Luck has plenty to say about today's political and cultural climate, and its ensemble cast is stellar.
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A solid achievement.
That it's a film both timely and timeless goes without saying. Yet Clooney is too canny a storyteller to let didacticism obscure the complexities of Murrow's character.
It's a modest but powerful affair, and a fantastic mood piece.
It is all outstandingly performed and photographed.
... it telescopes -- with no loss of accuracy -- Murrow's last few fifties hurrahs as the hardest diamond in Bill Paley's 'Tiffany network.'
It's an interesting way to represent the past, though the use of space, actors, and archival footage seems more theatrical than cinematic.
Though the subject matter is serious, Good Night, and Good Luck bristles with humor and intelligence. You want "Must See TV"? Here it is.
Good Night and Good Luck will make my 10-best list. It's unquestionably one of the best films of the year.
Shorn of flash and dazzle in a way Murrow would appreciate, Good Night, and Good Luck practises what it preaches. It might be the result of wires and lights in a box, but it feels like a slice of life.
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.
Untethered to any post-TV era is a conclusion that America gets too comfortable with the mental inactivity it enables. Edward R. Murrow's titular signoff begins as a trademark and ends as a challenge to a medium - one too often unmet today.
Lean study of the quandaries of asking questions in the media, and of crafting a political film in Hollywood
George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck." is a striking take on the cultural and political climate of the 1950s. Using aesthetic elements, strong dialogue and well-rounded performances from a star-studded cast, the film makes for a powerful depiction of society then & now. 4/5
A brilliant depiction of a controversial chapter of American history. Wonderful direction quick script and an excellent performance by David Strathairn. Contains tiny little flaws such as; parts of the plot are a little unclear-other than that well worth the watch.
"We will not walk in fear of one another."
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.
An interesting study into serious journalism with the sparring over ideas between the articulate broadcaster Edward Murrow and commie-hunter Senator McCarthy and Murrow's belief in the importance of airing such information rather than using television to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us. Other than that the story is pretty thin and the drama somewhat lacking, a bit more docu than drama.
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