Monday, February 22, 2016
Trumbo (Directed by: Jay Roach; Written by: John McNamara and Bruce Cook)
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. This film recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Otto Preminger.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, David James Elliott, Toby Nichols, Madison Wolfe, James DuMont, Alan Tudyk, Louis C.K., Roger Bart, Peter Mackenzie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Meghan Wolfe, Mitchell Zakocs, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Mattie Liptak, Becca Nicole Preston, Dean O'Gorman, Christian Berkel, Rick Kelly
My thoughts on this film: Much of Trumbo is comedic, and with intention, but the film also carries a certain amount of poignancy. Bryan Cranston is incredibly enjoyable to watch, and during the credits you get to see clips of the real Trumbo to compare. The portrayal is daringly realistic. Helen Mirren is a worthy antagonist, and very effectively displays the fear and anger that result from war - the need to justify pain through rigid ideology.
Other remarkable performances come from Diane Lane, as the quiet but strong Cleo Trumbo, the rock of her family; John Goodman is well cast as the comedic used car salesman of film, and Elle Fanning makes her mark as the rebellious daughter learning to be every bit of a force as her father.
Louis C. K. also came as a great surprise, since I am not used to seeing him in such serious roles.
As a whole, the film's laughs are well earned and its feelings are well felt.
It was successful in portraying a larger than life writer who decided to take on the world... and won.