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Trumbo (2015) - Review

Trumbo is yet another film based on a true story for this year's award season and is about Dalton Trumbo, a high profile hollywood screenwriter who, along with his companions, were registered communists and were treated differently because of that during the cold war era. I had no knowledge about the events depicted in the movie and I must say it did a great job of reeling me into this time in history and made me interested in it.

Bryan Cranston totally killed it in his role. I loved his performance and can see why he is getting nods in different awards including the Oscars. His dialogue delivery is so great that you can listen to anything he say. This man needs to do more movies like this, where his talent is properly utilized. Alongside him we got many other good to great performances, especially an excellent negative role by Helen Mirren. I wished we got to see more of her.

The movie had a bit of comedy in it, it wasn't a serious thing through and through, and that certainly lifted it up. Most of it was thanks to John Goodman's performance. Again, I wish there was more of him in the movie.

One of the reasons the story interested me so was because it showed a bit of history with Hollywood in it, and how powerful this motion picture medium can be when used correctly. It also showed that how little the actual laws mean and how intolerant 'civilized' people can become against different views during conflict times.

Best thing about the movie is that it doesn't delve into which side is right or wrong i.e Communism or Capitalism but instead focuses on the characters affected by the conflict of views.

Definitely worth a watch. Even though DiCaprio deserves an oscar more than ever this time, Cranston is my second pick for it.



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