TRUMBO A Review – By RAJNNI
Trumbo – The film celebrates the work and life of Dalton Trumbo, with great measures of humor and sadness.
Trumbo, the award-winning author and screenwriter who was blacklisted from the film industry from 1947 until the early ’60s due to his Communist ties. For the Gen XYZers, this story would come across as something unthinkable, that a blacklist could exist and be so powerful as to destroy lives, families and talent…So for a generation that thrives on freedom of every kind, here’s a story that can resonate with them now – just the consequences that could ensue if civil liberties did not.
The Blacklist in ‘Trumbo’ didn’t just restrict free speech. It changed how Freedom was talked about. It didn’t just ruin people’s individual lives but had the subtle effect of re-prioritizing liberal and progressive values.
The strength of the script and the story alone give’s it legs and it stands strong, striding along purposefully through the lives of the impacted ‘Hollywood 10’ as they were called. Here’s a protagonist that is a dedicated radical, and in the movie Trumbo makes his sympathies clear: it is pro-labor and in favor of economic justice.
The casting is just right, with Trumbo played here by Bryan Cranston, he gets under the skin of an academy award-winning screenwriter who was forced to work in secret when he was blacklisted for his apparent communist sympathies. He portrays so well the vulnerabilities of a fiercely independent writer who was stripped of everything, stripped of his dignity, stripped of his freedom and forced to work pseudonymously.
The actors playing his wife Cleo, Otto Preminger, Kirk Douglas, all very believable of an era not much talked about.
A must watch movie for lovers of films, of brilliant writers , of a narrative that emphasizes the principles of free speech and civil liberties that are most worth fighting for.
“The chief internal enemies of any state are those public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.” – Dalton Trumbo
Ten years later, finally receiving his due accolades from Hollywood, Trumbo speaks about how the Blacklist victimized them all: those who stood by their principles and lost their jobs, and also those who compromised their principles to keep them.
In 1993, 40 years after the film’s release, Trumbo was posthumously awarded an Oscar for his screenplay for Roman Holiday.
Since his death, Dalton Trumbo has been the subject of a variety of different works, including a 2003 Broadway play called Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted and a related 2009 documentary on his life.