Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Good Night, and Good Luck

acting 9

directing 8

writing 7

effects 8

editing 7

SW score: 39

4 out of 5 octopi

++ David Strathairn should be a household name. It’s not that he doesn’t get a lot of work. He does. But he should be getting a lot of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominated roles. He resurrected legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow as if he was channeling him via a 2-hour celluloid seance. He conveys more in a look than most actors do in a monologue. Aside from him, George Clooney and Jeff Daniels buttress his lead with solid performances. Patricia Clarkson who seems to exist above any era of beauty and grace does what she always does: she resonates sincerity and sweet strength. On the other end is Frank Langella whose singular voice and imposing presence would reduce mountains to molehills.  George Clooney adroitly put all these fine talents together in only his 2nd directing gig (for feature films). The story is one most history buffs know and it’s particularly relevant in today’s jingoistic political environment. It sadly seems this country has learned little from Joe McCarthy’s madness. If you love history and if you love stunning cinematography and indelible performances, stream this opus and I guarantee you will have a good night. No luck needed.




(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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