I was recently on a trans-pacific flight. My physiological clock told me it was about two A.M. There were to be 3 movies showing on the flight. The first had been something new and dramatic by Robert Redford. It involved a lot of people sitting around, looking stoic in the out-of-doors. They would cut to a person, the person would talk, there would be a dramatic pause, then cut to person B. Person B pauses dramatically, then speaks, then pauses, then cut to person A again.
It went on for a while.
Also, I think there was a bear.
Well, I didn't bother to watch that one all the way through, really. And when it was over, I said to my self: "Self. You had better try to sleep at least a little on this flight." And I thought about trying. And then I thought "What is this next movie like? Maybe you could give it 5 minutes of your time and see what you think before rejecting it. You haven't seen movies in 2 years, but you've slept practically daily. Maybe you'll like it."
So I put on the headphones and watched as a movie I had never heard of started playing.
It was black and white, which I thought was dumb and gimmicky. It was directed, the opening credits proclaimed, by George Clooney – which I immediately found suspicious. At this point I became hostile and started growling.
Then it started. There were tight camera angles. There was a great monolouge about the importance of the impartial media. There was shouting over each other – so much that you couldn't even understand what people were saying. There was great american history presented in a quick and exciting way.
90 minutes later, I didn't want to sleep. I wanted to wake up the Japanese girl in go-go boots next to me and tell her about what an amazing film I had just seen.
Good Night, and Good Luck is a great film. What makes it great is that it's not only entertaining – it's important. The subject matter is the 1950's media and political battle between reporter Edward R. Murrow and senator Joseph McCarthy. Can CBS air a show that is attacking a politician who is endorsed by the shows sponsors? Is it ethical to say no?
Cinematography is great.
Music is great.
Acting is the best I've seen. David Strathairn is *insert a word that means amazing but which isn't over-used by people who review movies in order to emphasize he really is just that amazing*.
The plot is quick and powerful.
Go buy this movie.