Good Night, and Good Luck

Rated 4.0

George Clooney’s second film as a director shows that he’s truly one of the more talented people helming movies today. The movie is a black-and-white retelling of reporter Edward R. Murrow’s crusade against Sen. Joe McCarthy’s Communist witch hunt. It is both an exercise in style and a compelling look at a crucial point in American journalistic history. David Strathairn delivers one of the year’s best performances as Murrow, a mild-mannered cigarette smoker who, after years of complacency doing his cushy network job at CBS, sees the need to make things uncomfortable at the workplace. Clooney manages to accomplish quite the period piece on an exceptionally low budget. His choice to use newsreel footage of McCarthy was a good one. No actor could do that clown justice.