The origin story of Last Week Tonight and a pitch-perfect escapist fantasy: empathetic logic and the delivery of truth taking down a hateful crusade and the sweaty boor behind it. Clooney's direction is so classy and self-assured, content to stay small he simply lets the cast and script carry the scenes; what happened to that confidence?
A self-serious movie that distances itself from the viewer. It reads more as a news piece than as a movie and so, despite the interesting conclusion, it informs more than it inspires. The b&w aesthetics are a nice touch and some of Strathairn's speeches are truly gripping.
Good ol' GW Bush is well known for his love of reading about US political history - and his clear lack of understanding thereof. 'You're either with us, or against us' he proclaimed as he set the scene for the latest Iraqi nightmare, and this poignant film is a reminder that it was just a case of history repeating itself in 2005 ... and of course in 2014 with journalism being more hazardous than ever.
George Clooney earned his Best Director Oscar Nomination deservedly with this great political film. With David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow going against the infamous McCarthy, this makes a great look back of history. Strathairn gives a great performance with his monologues and emotional moments in dealing with the situation. With a great supporting cast, this film matches wits with All The President's Men.
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.
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.