JT Film Review

13 – Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

Good Night, and Good Luck. REVIEW

5/5 stars

Director – George Clooney

Cast – David Strathairn, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson


Good Night, and Good Luck follows journalist Edward R. Murrow in his good night 2famous fight against McCarthy and his anti-Communist witch hunt. It is a movie about journalism and the responsibility journalists have towards thir viewers. Superstar George Clooney directs, writes, and costars in the movie, reportedly only recieving $3.00 up front, and a percentage of the profits. He does an admirable job, and has created a subdued, tense drama which actually is about something; and it actually treats its subject matter in a mature way, without resorting to over the top emotional manipulation.

The black and white cinematography is wonderful, most of the shots could be framed and hung up on the wall, it’s that beautiful. The lead actor, David Strathairn does a wonderful job recreating Edward R. Murrow. He comes across as intelligent and as a man full of convictions. George Clooney does a decent job as well. There are a few other big names sprinkled around the cast as well; Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff Daniels do well.

The creativity with which George Clooney approaches this story is astounding. A wonderful sense of straight-faced humor is maintained throughout, with many characters exchanging barbs and verbal slight-of-hand that brings a great sense of liveliness to the whole thing. I can see a few people having problems with the slow-ish pace and un-rousing climax, but I believe they fitted the tone and message of the movie wonderfully. This is a movie that we in the media crazed “Western world” need to see. And thank God we have a man in George Clooney with the clout to make these kinds of movies.


Good Night, and Good Luck is a wonderful movie. It’s slow pace may put some off, but they would be missing a gem of a movie if they skipped over this. Highly recommended.



“Good Night, and Good Luck” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



June 21, 2009 - Posted by | 5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Drama, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , , ,

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