Flash Movie Review: Trumbo

It did not matter that she was fond of him or even possibly in love with him, people were already passing judgement. She had met him in college during a social function on campus. They started out as friends, but it quickly moved into a romantic relationship. Several of her friends finally showed their true colors when she started dating this man. The reason being the man aka boyfriend was of a different race. Now some of her friends did not react at all, it did not matter to them; as long as she was happy that is all that mattered. But some of her so called “good” friends thought it was wrong. Personally, I was shocked by their reactions since I felt it was no one’s business who she dated and ultimately, why it should even matter to anyone else. The sad part of it was from that moment on she was labeled, though she did not know it. Even passing acquaintances made up their mind about her and her boyfriend without ever meeting him. It reminded me of another friend of mine who was dating someone of a different faith. Their parents were wildly upset about it and barely hid their feelings on the subject. As you may be wondering, this only pushed my friend harder to make the relationship work. However, after a year of dating the two decided they would be better off just being friends. These two events really opened my mind up to the fact there are many people in this world who make snap decisions about individuals without ever meeting or knowing them.    HOLLYWOOD’S top screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, played by Bryan Cranston (Argo, Breaking Bad-TV), lost his status due to his political views. The only weapon available to him to fight back was his words. Based on a true event this biographical drama was a fascinating story to me. It was startling to see Hollywood back in the 1940s and 50s during this period of Dalton’s life. With Diane Lane (Man of Steel, The Perfect Storm) as Cleo Trumbo, Louis C.K. (Blue Jasmine, Louie-TV) as Arlen Hird and Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold, The Queen) as Hedda Hopper; I felt like I was getting a Hollywood history lesson. The acting was exceptionally good, particularly by Bryan. The story is an important one I believe and I just wished the script had done a better job of it. There were times where I felt scenes lost their magic and turned dull in a cartoonish type of way. It was possible the directing did not help out because the story moved in a blockish way, coming across more like skits. However, a treat for me was seeing portrayals of old-time actors and directors like Edward G. Robinson and Otto Preminger being played out in this story. I think the subject matter in this film is just as relevant today as it was back then. One can only hope people watch this movie before making up their minds.


3 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 27, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Eccentric and brave. The cast is really good so I look forward to seeing this! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the review. Have been trying to decide whether to make a point of seeing this or not. Good to have your input.

    • Whether it is true or not, I found this film to be an interesting look into the past. If you do go see this film I would enjoy hearing your views on it. Thank you for the comments.

  3. Dalton Trumbo is one of my cinema heroes so I had high hopes of this movie being a fitting tribute. It seems maybe my expectations won’t be met but I’m still looking forward to seeing this.

  4. I hope it’s OK that I share your review on THE MIX (www.mixemag.wordpress.com) next week. Let me know if I can share.

  5. Thanks for the review. My interest in the movie was limited to a curiosity if Brian Cranston could be free of Break Bad. But I am so glad I read your review as now I actually want to see the movie as I am so interested in that time period in the US. You are so right about it having relevance now. Thank you.

  6. I loved Brian Cranston’s performance.
    Yes, he certainly broke free of Breaking Bad and Malcom in the Middle.
    I also now have more respect for Dalton Trumbo and his friends.
    Not so much for Hedda Hopper and her cohorts.
    Have you seen Johnny Got His Gun or read the book?

    • Like you the biggest surprise was Hedda Hopper. I’m glad you enjoyed this film and agree Dalton deserves respect from many of us. I have not seen Johnny Got His Gun; which movie version to you recommend?

  7. Oops my bad–Bryan Bryan Bryan—eeegads.

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