Main Plot Points:
- The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
What We Thought:
- I wanted to love Trumbo, but unfortunately, I only liked it. It’s still worth seeing, but I thought I was going to get one of my top 10 of the year films out of it.
- The film should have been a slam dunk, one of the year’s best for me. I love Bryan Cranston. I usually love movies about old Hollywood especially true stories. But for some reason, I just didn’t love it.
- It’s still very good and worth seeing, but I expected multiple award nominations out of it. Maybe my expectations were wrong/too high, I don’t know.
- Cranston will get nominated. He’s good, but I expected to be blown away by him. I expected to hand him my Best Actor pick and that didn’t happen. I still love you though Bryan!
- The rest of the cast is quite good too. John Goodman steals scenes like he always does because he’s John Goodman. Louis C.K. holds his own quite well too. Alan Tudyk is good. Diane Lane is always good. But again, I’m using the word good and not great.
- The story is quite entertaining especially if you aren’t familiar with the names involved. Trumbo was a blacklisted writer during the McCarthy era when being a socialist or Communist was frowned upon (unlike today). He wrote lesser known movies for John Goodman’s company, but also other films that we still love today. I won’t actually spoil it because I didn’t realize just how many were his films till I saw the film. The film is about his fight with the government and trying to remain true to himself and support his family.
- Trumbo is a hard sell to the general movie going audience. The majority of people have no idea who he is. Most probably have never heard of writers being blacklisted, but that’s fine. It’s not the type of movie to dominate the box office. It will get nominations because Hollywood does love movies about Hollywood, but it never quite reaches greatness.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Bryan Cranston
- Diane Lane
- Helen Mirren
- John Goodman
- Louis C.K.
- Alan Tudyk
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- Hollywood Stories