Genevieve Reviews “Trumbo” (2015)

Trumbo (2015)
Directed by Jay Roach
Starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren

Nominated for Best Actor (Cranston) in the 2016 Academy Awards.

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artist were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

IMDb rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 74%
Genevieve’s rating: šŸ”„šŸ”„šŸ”„

šŸ‘ PROS: I love films about the film industry, so this was very enjoyable to me. Hollywood history fascinates me and this movie really played to that aspect of my personality. Mirren and Cranston play very well against one another and made for some great on screen chemistry. John Goodman was also a treat in this. His rage and humor are well fitted to this character. Nothing cinematically attracted me with camera effects or cut sequences, but the music was peppy and fun and added just the right touch to each scene. I can see why Cranston was nominated, but I can also see while DiCaprio won over him. It was a wonderful performance and nomination worthy for sure, but I am glad DiCaprio finally got the prize.

šŸ‘Ž CONS: My biggest complaint is John Wayne. His portrayal was muddy and didn’t really come through for me. Also I could say that it’s campy feel could be a turn off to some, but it felt appropriate for this film.

In conclusion, this film was funny, educational and made you truly think. It’s hard to do one of those well, but managing all three as well as this film comes together is beautiful and memorable. This is a film to own in my opinion.


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