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Good Night, and Good Luck
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Mar 27, 2006 By: Matt Hosack
Good Night, and Good Luck order
Director:
George Clooney

Actors:
David Strathairn
Jeff Daniels
Robert Downey Jr.

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In 1953, TV was still a child and fear was gripping the country. A fearless broadcaster took a stand and made news instead of reporting it. The story is a part of American history. This is the story of Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) facing the giant that was Senator Joseph McCarthy when no one else would or could.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK represents a thorn in modern filmmaking. Not only does it go against everything corporate Hollywood throws at audiences but it shows a past that foreshadows and reflects the future. It’s a historical document that’s gloriously shot, acted, heartfelt, and most importantly self-reflecting. From the moment good old Ed Murrow opens his mouth, the level of importance of the matters of which he speaks are clearly taken VERY seriously.

I remember learning about Murrow in my journalism classes at the university and idolizing how great it would to be a Murrow, a Kronkite, a Woodward and Bernstein. Murrow was a god in radio being the guy with the balls to report the news right there with the boys bombing Berlin during WWII. He was also a pioneer of television broadcasting – no one, has ever done it better. I have seen countless hours of footage and stories by Murrow and really loved his migrant workers piece. To see a film about him that is not only excellent but accurate, is a real treat. At times, Clooney’s direction is near Orwellian with a very classic style and look that comes off with a humbleness that I enjoyed.

This being Clooney’s sophomore effort, I can safely say that he is one hell of a showman on and off the camera. Yes, the film is highly political but shows all sides, tells the story straight, and Murrow was such a beacon of light that it doesn’t matter what “party” you come from. The best thing this film does is make you think, feel, and converse in a meaningful way that V FOR VENDETTA could never do. This film should not be missed and belongs right up there with SCHINDLER’S LIST. Bravo!
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Director/Screenwriter George Clooney and Grant Heslov > Is there anything Clooney can’t do? He’s a damn good actor, director, and now commentator. Not only does he have his vocal swagger but he tells a lot of dry jokes that’ll tickle you to death. Lots of jokes with Clooney and Heslov (a great team). Clooney also talks about the fun of making films. SWEET commentary.

Good Night, and Good Luck, Companion Piece >> Right when you finish the movie, you’ll instantly want more. Thankfully. This featurette delivers well. You get some more history, footage, and great interviews of the real people involved plus Clooney talking about issues not stupid puff stuff. Imagine that!

Trailer > A slam bang straight forward trailer. Great like the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you’re not convinced by now that this is a must see film, I haven’t done my job. Top notch film, performances, filmmaking, and special features mark this as a must have. Not only is GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK a document of history but it’s a document of great filmmaking. Check this puppy out, you WON’T regret it, and you might learn something. With that ladies and gents, good night, and good luck.

Props 2 > David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr., Ed Murrow, and the mack-daddy George “be cool” Clooney.

>>Final Diagnosis: BUY it if you have a brain!
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