“What the imagination can’t conjure, reality delivers with a shrug.”
From the first time I heard of its existence, sometime around mid year, Trumbo seemed like a slam dunk for a truck load of Oscars. First of all, it’s a Hollywood movie about classic Hollywood, always a good start. Second of all, it had Brian Cranston in his first mainstream, leading role since gaining immense critical, ratings and audience acclaim as Walter White in Breaking Bad. But when the movie came out, it was with a whimper, not a shout. Even with its lackluster response, I couldn’t help being a little excited about the Hollywood movie about classic Hollywood, starring Brian Cranston, that was Trumbo.
At the end of the Second World War, the US alliance with Russia that lead to the victory is quickly forgotten as fear of the communist, red menace sweeps America. It’s the kind of fear that makes bad guys out of people like Dalton Trumbo (Cranston). Despite just signing the most lucrative deal in the history of screenwriting, his belief that a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay earns him derision as a pinko commie. (more…)