22 October 2005

Good Night. And Good Luck.

Relevant.



I went to see this movie this afternoon (sorry Half-Dozen), because I felt the need to procrastinate all weekend. And, despite the horrible traffic, the rain, and the fact that I was surrounded by senior citizens who walked, talked, drove, and moved slowly, I really enjoyed it. Not only was it a view of the past, but it was echoed modern day concerns. It had all the elements of those classic, old films, too.. shameless smoking, drinking, and cigarette ads.. old news clips of McCarthy's speeches.. the image of the hard, gritty newsman working out a story on a typewriter, and hiding his fear of the reprecussions of his challenges with a scotch.. that low, slow, jazz.. everyone walking around with glasses that look like the Mexican's. The audience (average age, 75; I was probably the youngest person in the theater) kept laughing at all the references they tossed out that I guess I'm a little too young to get, but all was well.

David Strathairn (Edward R Murrow) did a phenomenal job capturing his newsman persona -- little things, like the nervous twitch of a foot just before the broadcast, really helped get his feelings across, and the transition from scared citizen to assertive editorialist (is that a word?) was very powerful. I really recommend this movie, it's a nice departure from a lot of the normal crap that gets churned out for most of the year.

3 comments:

Glenn Johnson said...

Thanks. I look forward to seeing the movie. Sounds like it will be worth the time although the potential for revisionist history according to Hollywood always scares me a bit.

McCarthy is an easy target today, I suppose. But his tactics deserve all the criticism they get.

http://higherreason.blogspot.com/2005/10/tolerance.html

jeff said...

I'm disappointed. :( I sat at home all day waiting to be invited to go see this movie...

Atalanta said...

I decided five minutes before the show started :(