Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Good Night and Good Luck - 4.75 out of 5

George Clooney showed some flourish with his directing debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind an entertaining but somewhat flawed film, with Good Night and Good Luck he firmly establishes himself as one of the best talents behind the camera. The story of Edward R Murrows fight against McCarthyism could have been done in and over handed preachy style but Clooney has done it in an understated calm manner, which lends more power to the films central theme.

The screenplay for this film is absolutely electric as it weaves its tale of a journalist taking a stand against McCarthy's rampant fear mongering. The themes are particularly thought provoking today as the US is once again living in a climate of fear that has been fuelled by today’s world of 24-hour news. Edward R Murrow proved that one man can make a difference and fight the fear, here's to hope that someone can take the message and try to stop the cycle of fear that exists today.

The acting in the film is top notch from all the performers but David Strathairn is absolutely amazing as Edward R Murrow. I would be very disappointed not to here his name called when the Oscar nominations are announced.

In conclusion an astounding film that should garner many awards and be at the top of most year-end best of lists.


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