Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Dec 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Biography of Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted during the 1950’s when he was accused of being a communist.
My Take on it – Hollywood has always loved making movies about actors and insiders of days long gone.
Usually, these kind of movies don’t feel complete because they try to keep things as flattering as possible.
This time, I think they got it so right.
They carefully show how the Red Scare of the 50’s affected screenwriters which in turn affected the quality of films being made at the time.
Life was not easy for those blacklisted or for those who wished to still employ some of these talented writers.
This movie shows us the hardships and eventual repercussions that this time of fear caused in the Hollywood community and essential throughout the whole industry at the time.
Bryan Cranston does a remarkable job as the title character and I truly believe he has given one of the best, if not THE best acting performance of 2015 with this role.
If the whole bandwagon wasn’t dead set on giving Leo his Oscar this year (despite the role this year not being his best), I think Cranston would have a really good shot at winning the award.
Let’s hope the Oscar voters themselves agree with me when they fill out their ballots next month.
Nothing is sugarcoated in this film and we get to see how everything was run in Hollywood at the time warts and all.
There is a bit of controversy about what Edward G. Robinson did and said when he was brought before the HUAC committee, but regardless of that, I think this movie stays very close to the truth along the way.
Bottom Line – Excellent movie that shows the hardships and the repercussions that the Red scare of the 1950’s caused waves within Hollywood. Cranston is superb as Trumbo and has given one of the best performances of 2015. A great Hollywood biopic that shows everyone’s true colors during a very tense and volatile time in history. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alan Tudyk entertained his on-screen son, Elijah Miskowski, and the other kids on set by performing the voices of King Candy (Wreck It Ralph), Duke (Frozen), and Alister Krei (Big Hero 6). The boys were impressed to discover he was also the marine voice from Halo 3 and it made Alan the “kid magnet” during the early shooting of Trumbo. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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