Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: September 1, 2005
Directed by: George Clooney
Music by: Dianne Reeves, Peter Martin, Christoph Luty, Jeff Hamilton and Matt Catingub
Starring: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, Tate Donovan, Alex Borstein, Reed Diamond, Matt Ross, Ray Wise

CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) legendary news  reporter, Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) is a well-known journalism figure in the mid-40s. He works alongside with co-producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney) and fellow reporter Joseph Wershba (Robert Downey Jr.).

Fred Friendly (George Clooney), Joseph Wershba (Robert Downey Jr.) and Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn)

In 1953, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy is lashing out at those Americans and those obtain permanent resident in the United States who has roots with the Soviet Union. McCarthy is trying to eradicate anyone who tries to sell communism for the sake of the country.

Edward R. Murrow

Despite the whole commotion, Murrow not only defies and challenge McCarthy for unreasonable doubt, he gave an excellent speech at an industry convention in 1958. Therefore, he was accused of being a member of a leftist union for Industrial Workers of the World. He claims that he is wrongly accused.

CBS Chief Executive William Paley (Frank Langella) was being supportive of Murrow’s war of words even he received pressures from television sponsors and government officials.

Soon, Annie Lee Moss, a communications clerk in the US Army Signal Corps in the Pentagon is accused as a communist after her name was seen enlisted in the American Communist Party when the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) investigated the list.

Murrow also reviewed an in-depth investigation on Milo Radulovich, who was discharged from the US Force because of his ancestry background from Serbia, her sister political views and his father’s subscription to a Serbian newspaper. They were accused as communists and communist sympathizers. Moss was also interviewed in the television program called “See It Now”. An interview session with American residents wrongly accused because of communist activities and ancestry roots.

The fear of communism was soon spread nationwide by McCarthy as he induce fear among the neighborhood using law enforcers to capture the communist activists.

In the wake of tension, Wershba was recently married to Shirley (Patricia Clarkson), when at that time marriage between staff workers within the same company is not allowed. Only one share remain and the other left.

CBS television network receives a tremendous blow when journalist, Don Hollenbeck (Ray Wise) was accused in news print by columnist Jack O’Brian as a communist sympathizer that he commited suicide in his apartment

Murrow prepares his last and final speech against McCarthy when he speaks his for every audience in the house to listen carefully and evaluate about it as he ends with his common signature, “Good night, and Good Luck”.

Reviewer’s Note:
Good Night, and Good Luck is shot in black and white capturing every intense motion scene giving a feel back to the 1950s. It was also a critical time for most Americans out there living in fear due to Joseph McCarthy’s empowerment to eradicate communism from the United States. Some people are wrongly accused or having ancestry background relating to the Soviet Union.

The scare was so immense that it even affected the local news television network. Only one journalist is bold and brave enough to defy him – Edward R. Murrow.

An investigative journalist who uses powerful words to counter McCarthy’s conservative mind about the American involvement of supporting communism. Only Murrow dares to show truth and evidence about falsely and wrongly accused.

David Strathairn delivers a superb performance in the shoes of Edward R. Murrow!


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