Trumbo (2015)

trumboDirector: Jay Roach

Writer: John McNamara (Screenplay) Bruce Cook (Book)

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Maldonado, John Getz, Laura Flannery, David James Elliott, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Stephen Root, Roger Bart, Ellie Fanning


Plot: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Good History Lesson


Story: Trumbo starts with Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) a registered communist who classing with other people in Hollywood including heavyweights John Wayne (Elliott) on his beliefs that that the government shouldn’t be able to look into everything the American people do. Even with these beliefs Dalton gets one of the biggest deals any writers have ever been offered in Hollywood.

The government decides to take on the communists in Hollywood believing they are trying to use movies to pull in the audience to join them. Gossip writer Hedda Hopper (Mirren) wants to use her column to expose the communists while leaning on the head of studios to fire all the communists involved in the infamous Hollywood 10 as they look to defend themselves.

After being sent to prison for his beliefs he ends up having to rebuild his career and he turns to Frank King (Goodman) who can’t pay the writers the same level but he and the blacklist writers all work to get their screenplays around Hollywood.

Trumbo gives us a look at the Americans and how they treated the people involved. I never personally understood what all this communist un-America talk really was and still don’t know enough to true judge how well this film portrays it all. I did like the story being re-told in a good way showing how even when people bring people down they won’t stay down however hard it is on the family. This really just more on a history lesson but is important.


Actor Review


Bryan Cranston: Dalton Trumbo was one of the most respected writers in Hollywood who was a communist, he gets charged for his crimes ending up in prison. Once released he ends up leading the fellow blacklisted writers in a movement to get themselves recognized in Hollywood once more. Bryan is brilliant in this role fully becoming the character.charaacer

Diane Lane: Cleo Trumbo is the wife of Dalton she tries to keep the family together while Dalton stands up for his beliefs, she stands up to him when needed without coming off over demanding. Diane is good in the supporting role but doesn’t get too much screen time.

Helen Mirren: Hedda Hopper is the gossip writer who along with John Wayne tries to out all the communist employees in Hollywood, she goes out her away against Dalton even when he starts trying to make a comeback. Helen is good but we don’t see enough of her to learn enough about her character.

Support Cast: Trumbo has great supporting characters who are all names the fans of Hollywood would enjoy watching.

Director Review: Jay RoachJay gives us a good and important story that we would need to know to see the struggles of the people who were outed as communists.


Biographical: Trumbo gives us a great look at one of the most important screenwriters of all time.

Settings: Trumbo re-creates the settings to make everything look like we are part of the time period.

Suggestion: Trumbo is one to try, I do think some people will find it difficult to watch but it is a good lesson. (Try It)


Best Part: Cranston is brilliant.

Worst Part: We don’t learn enough about Hedde.


Believability: Based on the real story of Dalton and the communist time period.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes

Oscar Chances: Could easily get nominations

Runtime: 2 Hour 4 Minutes

Tagline: When they tried to silence him, he made the world listen.


Overall: Brilliant story even if we only see one side of it all


5 Reasons Why I Think I Am Like Tom From 500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer is one of my favourite films and one of the main reasons is that I related to how Tom acts during the film. Today I am looking at five things that happen in this feel that also end up happening in my own life.

5. Dead End Jobsummer

Like Tom working as a card writer I find myself in a dead end job where Tom wants to be an architect I have my own dreams of being a film critic. We both find ourselves in a job we don’t like but feel safe in when we know we are better at something else.

4. Expectation versus Realityreality

This has become the most iconic scene from this movie and is something I think everyone goes through, when you go somewhere expecting something only for the reality to feel so harsh.

3. Friend Tell of Interest3

One of the first moments in this film is when Tom’s drunk friend tells Summer he likes her, which similar thing happened to me once with great embarrassment.

2. Over Analysis Friendship2

When things go wrong in the relationship it is the wise before her year’s sister of Tom that puts it in the simplest term ‘Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate’ and I have found myself in this situation too.

1.       Music Mood

This is the one I think most people can relate to and that is when things are going well all the songs seem happy but when things are going bad every song feels sad.

2015 Awards – Worst Sequel or Remake

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at worst Sequel or Remake. We know sometimes films come out and they are terrible sequels or remakes we don’t want today I will be looking at some of the worst.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Monsters 2 Dark Continent monsters This film loses all of the atmosphere the first one created.

·         Woman in Black 2 woman in black 2 Here is a film that feels like something of a cash grab after a solid first outing this completely random new cast in the house.

·         Poltergeist poltgeist One of the worst remakes ever made of a film that never needed touching.

·         Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 hunger games The final chapter and only slightly better than the last outing.

·         Insurgent insuregent These young adult films are getting boring now and this is fast becoming the worst of the ones that got sequels.

My pick for worst

·         Human Centipede 3 logo The first one shocked us, the second took things too far, the final one was just too much shouting and screaming.