Howdy people, today I’m back to give you another single paragraph review and it will be on the Trumbo. Last time I tried this was when I reviewed Pain & Gain and while I could say loads about this film, for the sake of time and efficiency I wanted to keep things concise. So without further ado here we go:
Trumbo was a really good film, it was insightful and emotional, and had some absolutely stellar performances from the cast. This story about Dalton Trumbo and the other writers who got blacklisted for being communists was very engaging and fascinating. I’ve never been too good at following the intricate details of politics in films as some of the minor details or technical jargon gets lost on me, but this film did well to illustrate the complexities of having different political views during that time period and how it effected not only the people actively involved, but their families and friends as well. And what really impressed me was the way the subject of communism was handled, whether it were Trumbo and his associates fighting for their beliefs or the way the government or anti-Soviet Hollywood elites did everything in their power to shut the movement down, there was a lot conspiracy, hatred, betrayal and suffering, and this film showed both sides of the argument in a detailed and dramatic way. As previously mentioned the performances were fantastic and for me were the real meat of the film, Bryan Cranston continues to prove he can do no wrong as he gave such a brilliant performance as Dalton Trumbo, Cranston’s emotional versatility, charisma and great delivery of lines makes some of the heated or emotional scenes resonate so much more. Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper was the most surprising as this role was fairy mean and antagonistic and yet she did so very, very well and Michael Stuhlbarg who I love to see in films wa just incredible as Edward G. Robinson, Stuhlbarg I’ve noticed acts a lot through his face and he did it so well in this film. Diane Lane was also great as Cleo Fincher Trumbo, Louis C.K. also impressed me with his dramatic material as Arlen Hird, Elle Fanning was fabulous as Nikola Trumbo, I always love seeing Alan Tudyk and did really well as Ian McLellan Hunterand, and anytime John Goodman shows up in a film I’m happy and he was great as Frank King. In conclusion Trumbo was a really impressive film that despite some pacing and length issues was a great watch.
So that was my review, have you seen Trumbo and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀