This is that odd little picture no one really heard of until it was nominated at the Academy Awards. Everyone asked, why’s it in black and white? What’s it about? Isn’t George Clooney in it? He directed it too? Since when could he direct?
Of the five nominated films of 2005, I believe Good Night and Good Luck was seen the least by the public. I don’t have any hard proof, but when I say Brokeback, Munich, Crash, or Capote at least multiple ears perk up. When people list movies with Robert Downey Jr., they seem to skip Good Night, but always remember Iron Man. But I understand. This movie isn’t flashy, loud or an adrenaline rush. It’s very quiet and tense. The hectic word of early television could only be truly understood in a bold black and white. And today, people really want to see pretty colors.
They story centers on a news crew at CBS. Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) is the anchorman bringing stories that challenge Senator McCarthy, trying to expose him for the witch hunter he is. He and his crew, consisting of George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels and others, are proud to bring the truth to television when so many others are hiding from it. But of course, airing such daring stories come with consequences. The morning papers start accusing CBS of commie relations. Soon McCarthy agrees to appear on Ed’s show claiming to clear the air. Instead, he simply eloquently spouts more commie hate and accuses Ed of association.
These reporters do their homework and aren’t out for shock value and ratings. They’re honest men putting heir jobs and lives on the line to show Americans McCarthy’s real agenda. They’re like newsmen vigilantes, defenders of freedom in suits.
Today with so many of our political reporters just jabbering away saying one thing about our President or situations and turning around to say the opposite the next day, we’ve lost faith in our news. So many news programs just turn into jokes the next day, any episode of The Daily Show will tell you that. Good Night and Good Luck film brings us back to the days of real honest news by men who truly believed in what they were doing for the American people. How refreshing.
Alright, the list of people who probably wouldn’t care for this film is a long one, but I’ll share some things that could turn you on. The acting is great and if you’re a fan of George Clooney or Robert Downey Jr. this should be on your list. Its’ not all news stuff, there’s a bit of secret romance going on since two employees at CBS cannot be married. Of course, if you’re interested in how classic television or the McCarthy era, this will definitely interest you. And for all of you afraid of the black and white, it’s really a beautiful film, black and white hasn’t looked this fresh and vibrant in a while. Try it out, it might just grow on you.
“We will not walk in fear, one of another.”