Saturday, January 2, 2016

Trumbo (2015)

Director: Jay Roach. Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., Alan Tudyk, John Goodman. 124 min. Rated R. Biography.

All McCarthyism movies are fascinating (Guilty by Suspicion (1991) being my favorite). They test the limits of human morality and put you in the hero's shoes, but at the same time suffer from the "what if" question: what if this truly was a "witch"-hunting, and America would have gone Communist if nobody had intervened? Trumbo, the story of probably the most famous black-listed Hollywood artist, is no less fascinating, and Cranston is almost unrecognizable in the role - but alas, the pitfall remains, the movie is just a story what happened and who said what, and offers nothing new.

PS: Yep, it's from the same director who made the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents movies.

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