Saturday, November 26, 2016

Trumbo (2015)

(Movie Review)

Positives
* I love these movies that can inform and entertain me at the same time.  And it was a very interesting little piece of American and Hollywood history here.

* Bryan Cranston is, as always, wonderful.

Negatives
* The historical stuff in this movie was really interesting, but by the time we get to the "genuis struggles to balance his work and family life" storyline, then we've officially reached Biopic Cliches 101.  At this point, the arguments he has with his wife and kids could have been switched in from just about any other Biopic, and no one would know the difference.

* A lot of the celebrity impressions in this movie were really bad, and had a "made-for-TV movie" quality to them.  Bryan Cranston was really good, of course, but the actors playing John Wayne, Edward G Robinson, and  Kirk Douglas were all pretty awful.

Review
This film moves at a pretty slow pace, so you have to be in the right mood before you settle down to watch it.  But if you're in a relaxed mood and you feel like a good biopic and some interesting history, then this is worth checking out.

Rating
8 out of 10 Stars

Link of the Day
ALJAZEERA ENGLISH-Noam Chomsky on the new Trump era (november 2016)

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