Trumbo Review

Rohon Nag
  • 4.5/5
Terrific & Crackling !

So If I tell you, the maker of films like Austin Powers and Meet the Parents just made a movie which is not only heartfelt and touching but also entirely relevant of the current issues dominating our headlines, you might call me mad or delusional, but Trumbo is such an film.

Unfairly targeted for his participation in the communist movement in the 40’s Trumbo is the story of this writer who is jailed, blacklisted and ultimately revered as times goes on.

This story has a LOT in common with the current headlines and it’s amazing and disturbing to see how history tends to repeat itself over and over again.

As for the movie itself, it’s extremely well made, the direction is top notch and the acting by former Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston is natural and convincing.

Jay Roach who never had shown any ability to make a serious and very poignant film, shows his skills as a director, swiftly forming the background of this story and the people who played a role in it. Every character introduction and interaction is done well enough to memorable and non-confusing.

The lighting and general mood of the film is competently done as the story moves from the 40s all the way till the 70s.

Music is low key and non-obtrusive is most places and the louder pieces go rather well with the scenes and story.

This is a film for people who love to see the process of filmmaking and writing, for history buffs and aficionados of all things to do with Classic Hollywood.

Knowledge of Hollywood films like Roman Holiday, Spartacus and other films is not necessary but knowing about these classic certainly adds more to enjoyment of this film.

Rating : 9/10

I would be remiss to not mention the Acting Oscar nomination Brian Cranston has gotten for this film, he might not win it, but he did a damn good job.