Robert Downey Jr.
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!
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.
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!