Trumbo tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood’s top screenwriter in 1947 until he, and other artists, were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
I totally regret not seeing this film when I had the chance at the London Film Festival this year, especially as an aspiring screenwriter. It’s amazing look at a portion of an amazing screenwriters’ life as he was blacklisted from working in the industry and forced to use a pseudonym to continue working.
There will obviously be those who’ll only look at the film from a political view, whether they be left or right wing. Those on the latter will unfortunately like it no matter what, despite the amazing acting and writing.
The film is a slow but not drawn out and not one that makes you bored. There are have been very few films, or hardly any at all, about this period in Hollywood so this fresh, un-sided take was something that we as the audience didn’t know we needed. It lacks the fluff and tells it as it is with social dynamics focused around family loyalty and the struggle of holding onto your personal values. Even though it’s a biography, it doesn’t feel like one. It represents the attitudes and characteristics of real people. Screenwriter John McNamara and novelist Bruce Cook, in which the film was adapted from, can be admired for keeping to the historical accuracy while making it entertaining and interesting.
Trumbo is a must watch film about a darker time in Hollywood.