Sunday, October 23, 2005

20 Second Review: Good Night And Good Luck

Good Luck And Good Night hits the ground running and presumes its audience will buy a ticket knowing the historical context in which it takes place.

That's likely a correct assumption, but the film could've used a bit more flesh to make it a complete work. Don't get me wrong, it was a fine film. The acting is good. The script is tight. It's beautifully shot. Is it The Best Picture Of The Year? Nope.

Good Luck And Good Night, for all its artistic accomplishments and current cultural relevancy, never succeeds in being much more than a vignette of a weighty, monumental moment in American journalism and political history.

One the Phoblog Trademarked Movie Review and Hype Scale*, GLAGN earns 2 1/2 Sideways: it's a good film that will be hyped past its rightful status but still accomplished enough to earn a recommendation.

*1 Sideways = movie is good and has earned the hype. 4 = Sideways = Sideways (dear God, stop the hype).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the 2 1/2 Sideways ranking. Ditto.

Capote deserves the hype. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (and just about everyone else in the film) put in some of the best performances I have ever seen. Problem: one walks away from the film with a great distast for Truman Capote. It is difficult to rally around a film whose main character is hardly sympathetic.
--catherine

cd said...

I'm a HUGE Phillip Seymour Hoffman fan. I think he's the cat's pajamas. I'll definitely check out Capote.

Oh - and for your Netflix queue: have you seen "Kinsey?" Loved it.

Anonymous said...

Love that movie. Have you ever been to the Parkway Theatre in Oakland? It's where people sit on couches and suck down pizza, pasta, and beer while watching indie, cult, and more standard flicks. What a great place to see a movie like Kinsey: the crowd booed the pious, cheered for Mrs. Kinsey, and laughed in all the right places. Great movie, great theatre.
--ch