Thursday, March 24, 2016

Trumbo (2015)

IMDb plot summary: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
Directed by Jay Roach. Starring Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Diane Lane, and Helen Mirren.

Bryan Cranston is fantastic in this movie, and it tackles a portion of Hollywood history that I know very little about overall - though I'm learning more, thanks to this season of the stellar podcast "You Must Remember This." However, it doesn't quite hang together for me as a whole. Like so many biopics, in its effort to cover the whole life and/or career of someone, the narrative structure suffers a little bit. There's a part about an hour and 20 minutes into the movie when I thought for sure it was over because, aesthetically, it was a great place to end it. But then the movie kept going and lost its steam a little. Disappointing, because it could have been much stronger.

2.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Trumbo > True Romance
Trumbo < Argo
Trumbo < Strictly Ballroom
Trumbo < Foolproof
Trumbo > My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Trumbo > Labor Day
Trumbo < Away From Her
Trumbo < Tarzan
Trumbo > Twin Sisters
Trumbo < Shall We Dance?
Final spot: #1100 out of 2439.

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