Dalton Trumbo had an awesome name, and an awesome mustache, but his life was far from awesome. Yeah, the man won two Academy Awards for writing screenplays, but the first one he won – had another writer’s name attached to it instead of his, and his second one had to have a pseudonym on it cause he couldn’t work under his own name. Ya see – Dalton Trumbo was an unabashed, overly outspoken communist living in America, who loved America – but he lived in a time where being red was scary to others, and so when the House Un-American Activities Committee came calling and wanted him to come name calling, he refused, and so he + 9 others became the Hollywood Ten – blacklisted from working in Hollywood, and living a normal life
Jay Roach‘s Trumbo tells (t)his story. And (t)his story was actually already told, in doc form, back in 2007 with the eggsalad, and same named Trumbo. I love docs so much, and would normally tell you that you MUSS see the doc before bothering with the movie (or not bother with the movie at all), but this movie is juss as good at telling the story – even if the movie itself feels like one of those biopic movies made for HBO – you know, a good movie, but nothing highly cinematic
But I had fun watching the mostly downs of Trumbo’s life, cause the cast was having such a hoot hooting along. There was Helen Mirren being a bitch, Diane Lane being supportive, John Goodman being loud, Louis CK trying to act, Elle Fanning fanning the flames, Alan Tudyk tudyuking, and Michael Stuhlbarg playing Edward G. Robinson!!!
And then there’s Bryan Cranston. By the time Breaking Bad was winding down, I grew tired of Bryan Cranston. This fatigue had less to do with him, and more juss to do with everyone not shutting up about Bryan Cranston, and so my opinion on him started to sour a bit. I was like, enuff with the Bryan Cranston!!!!!!!!! But after his trumboniously delicious work as the title character here, I have a full on trumboner for Bryan Cranston again. And he’s sooooo good with that thick mustache (and smoking) that I think he should shave his head and play Rich Uncle Pennybags in a Monopoly movie!!!
Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers
Trumbo trumbos tonight in NY/LA and elsewhere elsewhen
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…