Chronicles the famous radio journalist Edward R Murrow’s stand against Senator McCarthy’s anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow examines the scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy.
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The best part about this film is the palpable sense of time and place that Clooney is able to create. Perhaps things are made a little more "black and white," in terms of characters, but viewed purely in terms of the emotion it is able to stir, it is very effective. The use of classic film clips is outstanding, ala Oliver Stone. Very, very good.
Perceptive and eloquent with a mezmerizer of a performance from Strathairn. This was an important movie with a great story to tell, and it assumes its audience is made up of intelligent people. Clooney also demonstrates a handling of character and dialogue that is very Robert Altman, I find.
This is a good film with slick style. David Strathairn is awesome, and perfectly captures Edward Murrow's deadpan delivery. Good Night, and Good Luck is a window into the world of journalism in the 1950s, but its message still resonates today.