Full Movie Reviews
Indyfreak - wrote on 04/22/2016
At first glance, this looks like a breezy and glossy biopic of Dalton Trumbo who was famously blacklisted for his Communist affiliations and ostracized by his Hollywood colleagues. It looks like it's taking place in the Golden Age of Cinema and the acting is good for the most part. Bryan Cranston IS good and his old-timey manner of mugging the camera suits him well.
BUT...and it's a BIG but, what Trumbo is actually doing is insidiously whitewashing an uncomfortable part of Hollywood's history. The real Dalton Trumbo was hardly a champion of the 1st Amendment like say Larry Flynt or Howard Stern but was in truth a vocal supporter of Stalinism and the Soviet regimes that were in power in East Europe. Edward G. Robinson is portrayed as a snitch when historically that was not the case at …
cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/07/2016
Trumbo ist ein weiterer simplifizierter, wie eine Auftragsarbeit wirkender Film über Hollywoods Schwarze Liste (mit der Ästhetik einer TV Produktion). Das Problem bei der Beschreibung des Biopics liegt darin, dass er heute, nach Dekaden der Desinformation ins Kino kommt: Hollywoods Studio Chefs veranlassten die Black List. Trumbo hehauptet im Film, Hollywood träfe keine Schuld. Das tut es aber doch! Die Nennung von Dalton Trumbos Namen im Vorspann von Spartacus läutete 1960 das Ende der Schwarzen Liste Hollywoods ein. In Jay Roachs Biopic spiegelt sich der Name des Autors sogar in seinen eigenen Brillengläsern und wir können die Genugtuung in seinem Gesicht sehen, dass dieses düstere Kapitel nun ein Ende hat. Der Film beruht auf der Biographie von Bruce Cook, die John McNamara …
Snoogans - wrote on 12/10/2015
'Trumbo' is not the behind-the-scenes of Hollywood biography I was hoping for. The film tackles a major issue in the film industries past by repeatedly telling us how it was a wrong injustice. I agree, but I'd rather have been told something new. The time period is represented well. You get a sense of every different point-of-view on the whole Hollywood Blacklist debacle. It does a good job of informing us of how things went down. In doing so, there's a lack of dramatic investment. More time is spent on hammering home the obvious politics and not enough on character and story. I never sided with anyone outside of Trumbo, and that's only because he's the main character and Cranston's performance is great. Everyone else is just playing "dress up" as someone involved with …