The Good German

The Good German

Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire
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The Good German 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Mister_Nobody More than 1 year ago
This is probable the only movie where I have seen a hollywood actor take a beating in a film once every 5 minutes. Clooney takes a beating so often that is almost the entire movie. Put that together with Maguire playing a revolting officer who is slimy to the extreme and violent to his girlfried - played by Blanchett, who is stunning in this role - and you really get a moody and atmosperic play on the noir film genre. It is sad and really never plays to a happy ending, but it does achieve the realism it wanted. While you may not want to view it again for quite awhile, take the time to watch it for what it is worth. The acting is top notch and very subtle and the black and white imaging does the trick.
gailannsoebbing More than 1 year ago
Why do all screenwriter's seem to change things that happen in the books. The book is so much better. The movie could have been just as gripping without the changes (unneeded).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Viewers are split on reaction to Steven Soderbergh's experimental THE GOOD GERMAN and for good reason. The theatrical and cinematic qualities of this film noir are stunning, creating not only a flashback to the 1940s films but to the period of the 1940s in postwar Europe. The story is rich in suspense, visual surprises, and intrigue, and manages to unfold a complex tale involving many characters in a manner that keeps the viewer guessing about the outcome until the final image fades. But the film takes a hefty does of patience to appreciate. Potsdam conference, 1945 in decimated Berlin is the scene. Capt. Jacob 'Jake' Geismer (George Clooney) arrives to observe and report on the conference and is assigned a driver named Tully (Tobey Maguire), a fast talking, manipulative opportunist who loves post-war Berlin for the easy money it allows a doofus like him to make. Tully happens to have a lover, the mysterious Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), who he is trying to assist in escaping from Germany. As luck would have it Lena had been a previous lover of Jake in his prior time in Berlin. The action begins when the Russians, the British, and the Americans reveal their attempt to locate rocket scientist Emil Brandt, Lena's husband who she declares has been long dead. A murder occurs, espionage takes over and the film runs its cat and mouse chase for the discovery of the real Emil Brandt and the secrets his capture represent at this crucial junction in time - the Potsdam Conference. The characters in the film come close to being caricatures: Ravil Isyanov as the main Russian figure, Beau Bridges and Jack Thompson as the main American figures, Robin Weigert as the requisite good prostitute/stripper roommate of Lena, Tony Curran representing the British presence, and Don Pugsley as the German evil presence that ties the whole story together. Blanchett is her usual splendid self, adding a true sense of mystery and allure to her multifaceted role, George Clooney is on target as Jake, and Tobey Maguire manages to get on our nerves as the nerdy but clever Tully. The pleasure in this film comes from Soderbergh's mastery of the medium not only as director but as cinematographer, and by Thomas Newman's period perfect score as orchestrated by the immensely talented Thomas Pasatieri fleshes out the film's effect. Knowing that public and critical reaction is split, the film is a good evening of adventure: every viewer will elect which side of the critique to follow. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago