Trumbo (2015): A fantastic portrayal of one of the greatest screenwriters of all time.

What is it about?

“Trumbo” is based on a true story that took place in the 40’s and 50’s during the communist hysteria. Dalton Trumbo is  a respected screenwriter in Hollywood. Unfortunately for him, he is also a communist. In America. During the Cold War. Tough, right?

He had the audacity to demand that screenwriters get more recognition and better pay for their hard work. The balls on this one! It’s not like a good script is crucial for a good movie. Oh wait, it is! But somehow, everybody gets rich except screenwriters! What’s up with that?So of course, he get’s blacklisted and nobody will hire him. Even John Wayne is against him, but Trumbo manages to find a way to write movies…

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

The movie is pretty decent, violence and bad words wise, but I’m not sure if they will fully appreciate the message of the movie or find it interesting at all. Give it a try.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

Nah, I wouldn’t call it a date movie.

  • Who should watch it?

    Everyone who wants to know about one of the most shameful periods of the Cold War in the US where anyone who was left-oriented was perceived as an enemy of the US. It’s important to never forget how hysteria and unfounded paranoia can do a lot of evil and destroy innocent lives.

 What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    There are a couple of funny moments. But the funniest scene in the movie, by far, is when John Goodman is not impressed by a possibility of meeting John Wayne (who was as American as you can be at the time) and scares the shit out of some poor schmuck, using a baseball bat, his imposing figure, and just a little bit of madness in his eyes. Pure gold.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?


  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

Three things:

1. John Wayne was a bit of an asshole back in the 50’s.

2. Kirk Douglas was the man and didn’t give a shit about what people thought of him.

3. Enraged John Goodman with a baseball bat is the most powerful being in both DC and Marvel universes.

  • Is it based on something?

It’s based on true events that took place during the Cold War.

I think it is. If for no other reason than to honor Dalton Trumbo, one of the most prolific screenwriters of all times. Not only did he write an enormous amount of low-budget scripts, he also wrote some of the greatest movies of all time, such as “Roman Holiday” and “Spartacus”, just to name a few.

Similar movies like “Trumbo”?

To be recommended.

Judgment time!

To be perfectly honest, I can’t say if this movie is an honest depiction of that time because I wasn’t alive back then, nor am I from the US, nor have I studied it much. But judging from what I read about it, it seems it was pretty close to the truth.

Bryan Cranston, as usual, had an amazing performance that was definitely the strongest link of this movie. Other actors, such as John Goodman and Helen Mirren, did an awesome job as well.

I am glad that Dalton Trumbo wasn’t depicted as a saint with no flaws. He had his issues, and the movie doesn’t hide it. He was obsessed with writing scripts and didn’t care much about anything else, not even his family. I guess, to be the greatest, sometimes you have to neglect the world around you.

All in all, this was a very good movie and I give it 10/10.





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