Good Night, and Good Luck
America in the 50s. The witch hunt against Communists is going on in full force and the population is terrified of the man driving it: senator Joe McCarthy. Famous journalist Edward R. Murrow is getting fed up with McCarthy’s reign of terror and decides to start giving commentary on the news instead of neutrally telling it. This way, he can influence the general public in an attempt to make them aware of what is happening in the US thanks McCarthy. While CBS and his sponsors are warning Murrows for what he’s getting himself into, his producer Fred Friendly as well as the rest of the crew back Murrows up and they go on the air with the story of a man who got kicked out of the army because his father had read a socialist newspaper. The story makes a ton of waves and McCarthy sees in Murrows his next biggest enemy. But despite intimidation and even an accusation by McCarthy that Murrows is a communist, the journalist doesn’t want to back down.
Sound and Vision:
Good night, and good luck is completely shot in black and white and the transfer is impeccable. Grain, compression errors or any other things that may ruin the viewing experience are absent while the contrast and amount of detail are perfect. Great stuff!
We get a soundtrack that doesn’t get a lot of punch from the dialogue-centered movie but the jazzy music does use the audio spectrum at its fullest extent to create a serenic atmosphere that perfectly fits this film.
Good Night, and Good Luck is the second movie from George Clooney as a director and it’s clear he’s been paying attention to the best directors in the world. He manages to create a very serenic movie that perfectly brings across the atmosphere of terror that must have been present in McCarthy’s US in the 50s while also making a political stand to what’s happening in the US at the moment with the Bush government. It’s no secret that Clooney doesn’t like the Bush administration and the way he incorporates this in this movie is excellent. You get a picture that is filmed with an equal integrity as Murrows’ journalistic integrity from the 50s and arguments with objective facts without ever going for sensation. I will not say that Good Night, and Good Luck is an easy movie and people may even find it a bit dull when watching it the first time, but those that look beyond the serenic presentation will find one hell of a message inside.
Paradiso delivers a dvd with excellent image and sound quality but some extras wouldn’t have hurt.