The Good German When a reporter (George Clooney) reconnects with a beautiful fräulein (Cate Blanchett) in postwar Berlin, murder, black-market intrigue, and bitter love triangles unapologetically evoke Casablanca… The Good German When a reporter (George Clooney) reconnects with a beautiful fräulein (Cate Blanchett) in postwar Berlin, murder, black-market intrigue, and bitter love triangles unapologetically evoke Casablanca…
DVD Review

The Good German (2007)

JUST SAY NOIR Clooney and Blanchett in Soderbergh's homage to '40s Hollywood, The Good German , now on DVD
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JUST SAY NOIR Clooney and Blanchett in Soderbergh's homage to '40s Hollywood, The Good German, now on DVD
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 22, 2007; DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Cate Blanchett and George Clooney; Distributor: Warner Bros.

When a reporter (George Clooney) reconnects with a beautiful fräulein (Cate Blanchett) in postwar Berlin, murder, black-market intrigue, and bitter love triangles unapologetically evoke Casablanca in The Good German. Steven Soderbergh's murky shadows and washed-out whites work better at home, flickering on the small screen like an old Late Late Movie, but his determined homage to 1940s Hollywood flirts with gimmickry. Only Blanchett feels authentically film noir, as her sly eyes transform the fair-skinned actress into an alluringly dark siren. EXTRAS None. B-

Originally posted May 22, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints