Good Night, and Good Luck (Warner Independent Pictures) c. 2005

Good Night, and Good Luck
c. 2005
[DVD]

Set during the height of the Red Scare, Good Night, and Good Luck follows the true story of the feud between CBS anchorman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy. Back then, Murrow was a highly respected journalist best known for his World War II radio broadcasts. When Murrow uses his news program to investigate the unethical methods and tactics used by Senator McCarthy, he begins not only a feud between the Senator and himself, but the start of the public outcry against McCarthyism.

Good Night, and Good Luck provides a fascinating and relevant look at history. David Strathairn excels as Murrow, approaching the role with the necessary amount of strength and charm. George Clooney takes a supporting role as producer Fred Friendly, but Clooney’s true talent is demonstrated as a writer. Co-written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, the script does an excellent job at communicating the media’s responsibility to inform and educate the public, as well as the importance of well-informed dissent against unethical practices.

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.

Pros: Excellent script, strong cast, interesting and relevant story

Review by Martha

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