Saturday, March 03, 2007

Archer Movie Review: Good Night, And Good Luck

I finally got around to renting Good Night, and Good Luck thanks to Netflix. I was really quite impressed, and not just because the movie was in the correct cinematography colors (black and white). The film was also rated PG, proving yet again that Hollyweird can, in fact, still make edgy and well-made films without gratuitous amounts of sex, foul language, and violence.

The acting was phenomenal, especially David Strathairn (I had to double check the spelling on that) who played the lead Edward R. Murrow. I had never seen Strathairn in a movie that I recall, but he was dead on. Others in the star studded cast were George Clooney (who also wrote the screen play), Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey, Jr., and Patricia Clarkson.

For those of you not familiar with the plot, the basic premise is based on the real life face off between newsman Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Committee for Un-American Activities during the height of the Red Scare in the early 1950s. The movie of course gets its name from Murrows signature signoff, which he said at the close of every broadcast.

For those of you who like period political pieces like Thirteen Days, you will appreciate this film. For those of you into radio or television broadcasting, this movie is of interest because you see a lot of off-camera stuff that went on in studios back in the 1950s.

The Archer gives it 5 Arrows.

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