The movie tells us the story of David Strathairn’s character bringing Senator McCarthy to justice in connection with the communist “threat” and finger pointing. The movie is pretty good, and Strathairn’s performance is excellent.
The whole movie provides a welcomed criticism to our current day politics of scare and reap votes, and it was quite nice to see an interview Strathairn’s character had with Liberace. In the interview Liberace is asked about a girlfriend and he lies, he says he is waiting for the perfect girl, bla bla. Within the criticism of the movie you can actually make a parallel with today’s politics and the use of gays to gain votes in a nasty way. Well done George Clooney (although I would of course have preferred something more explicit in defense of the gays).