Trumbo is an elegant and impressive film that takes its viewers back to the 1950’s where the threat of being hunted as a communist was very prominent. The film tells the story of the life of Dalton Trumbo, a writer with a different set of core values than most in America, which results in him being accused to be a communist. Dalton Trumbo was a screenplay writer, so this film tells the story of Trumbo being blacklisted and documents his journey overcoming being put on the blacklist.
Being that Trumbo was a writer, I found it very fitting that the writing for this film was a strong point. The dialogue worked very well and the story progressed in such a way that I was continually entertained throughout the film. In addition to great writing came a great cast. This film had just as big of a cast as any other film from 2015. Along with Bryan Cranston in the lead role came other supporting characters such as Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, and John Goodman. I felt that all of the characters I mentioned did a great job in their roles. They all played a pivotal part to progressing this story. Bryan Cranston does a great job of showing us emotion and performs in such a way that we connect with his character. It was almost as if that I was able to feel every emotion he was feeling. Helen Mirren played a character that everyone will surely love to hate, which is usually a sign that an actor is doing a good job. Elle Fanning did a great job playing Trumbo’s eldest daughter as well.
Trumbo has some very strong themes. The strongest of these themes is the ability to persevere despite the obstacles that one may face. Trumbo had all of Hollywood and even the U.S. government against him and he still found a way to push through all the negativity. Another major theme this movie deals with is the acceptance of different ideas and opinions. Trumbo and many of his friends were accused of being communists because of some of their beliefs that were different from most other Americans. It is really scary to think that people went to jail in America just for thinking a certain way.
Overall, this film is great. It was successful in several different facets that made it enjoyable to watch despite not being a film full of action. Bryan Cranston does a stellar job, justifying his nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Trumbo was probably one of the less popular movies of 2015 so odds are you haven’t seen it yet. I highly recommend you check this movie out when you get a chance.
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