Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Trumbo

If you love history and cinema, Trumbo is an entertaining and fascinating combination. In the 1940s, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters until he and several others were jailed and then blacklisted by studios due to their suspected sympathies for, or membership of, the Communist party. Thus, Trumbo decides to keep working under a pseudonym and causes even more of a fuss. Trumbo's daughters gave some advice on the biopic, which suggests the film is fairly accurate for what is still ultimately a work of fiction. Cranston does a fantastic job of embodying Trumbo's quirks and deserves the Oscar nomination, while Helen Mirren is wonderful as powerful gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Louis C.K. is also impressive playing a character who is a combination of several real life people. It is an effective way of simplifying the story while still getting the key points across. Diane Lane also features as Trumbo's stoic wife but she has so few chances to do anything interesting. The costumes and set design are very good and the film is a solid effort by director Jay Roach, who is perhaps better known for comedies. Like any biopic, Trumbo can be easily criticised for minor flaws in precision. But importantly, it shines a light on an artist who was forced into the darkness for a long time.  


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