Reds under the bed
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 14 February 2016, 4:00pm
Running time: 124m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Coarse language)
Release date: 18/02/16
Rating: 6.5/10 (3/5 ME, 3.5/5 DP)
Communist Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was one of Hollywood's best and brightest writers, but 1950s Hollywood was not immune from the fear of communism that permeated post-war United States. Soon the writing jobs begin to dry up as a campaign discredit him by Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) takes hold. The only way out is to begin writing under a pseudonym in order to preserve his integrity.
Trumbo is an engaging and complex film about fear, suspicion and McCarthyism. Bryan Cranston is superb as the intense title character and delivers a performance that is a subtle, nuanced and captivating. The cast (Diane Lane, Louis CK, Elle Fanning and Michael Stuhlbarg) provide the perfect support to tell the story of one man's fight to preserve his artistic and political credibility.
The montage of photos and archival footage at the end of the film was unnecessary thought it reinforced how close Bryan Cranston's performance was the man it was based on. It's easy to see why he's received a best actor Oscar nomination with a performance that is compelling and, at times, uncomfortable. Although slow at times, Trumbo is an interesting story well told. (ME)
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