It’s important that EVERYONE goes to see the film TRUMBO. The work of Bryan Cranston in the title role is breathtaking—but that’s not really what’s important. The bizarre workings of the United States Congress back in the late 1940s so completely reflects the kinds of things the Congress is doing today.

Well-sprinkled with actual black and white footage from back in the day, the conviction and imprisonment of Dalton Trumbo, even though he’d committed no “crime”—probably the best screenwriter in history—truly makes one feel frightened for the indiscriminate power that has today given the US House of Representatives its lowest rate of approval in history.

The actors chosen to play John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Otto Preminger and Edward G.Robinson are not going to fool anybody who’s old enough to remember their great films. They don’t resemble them in any way, especially the John Wayne impersonator. Besides, I can imitate the Duke’s voice better than he can.

I relate to this, of course, because I’m a writer, too. But anyone who’s ever seen classics like “The Brave One,” “Exodus,” “Spartacus,” and “Johnny Got His Gun” will remember how brilliant and talented Dalton Trumbo was. Highly recommended movie. Go see it with someone you love.

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3 Responses to Trumbo

  1. Johnny Got His Gun was one of the great anti-war novels ever written. It was so scary and so powerful that i became a lifelong proponent of peace. Although infidels have angered me in the present and past I know that “bombing the shit”, or “carpet bombing Syria” , words of present Republican hopefuls, will not be the way or the answer to the terrorist crisis.
    Cranston is a powerful actor and his work on TV prepped him for his work on the screen. Actors of the 40’s had unique voices and looks and that seems a thing of the past. People and kids used to go around in the 60’s imitatiing the voices of Wayne, Stewart, Cagney and Robinson. They don’t do it so much anymore for the bland almost homogeneous representation of characters on the big screen. Maybe Jack Nicholson and Robert Downey Jr. are the two that stand alone for their unique characterizations.

  2. Jane Turzillo says:

    It was wonderful!

    • Les Roberts says:

      It doesn’t surprise me that you went to see this, Jane. You and I are ALWAYS on the same page. BTW, I forgot to mention the dazzling performance by Helen Mirren as that awful-as-awful-can-be gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper. Even as a kid (and movie nut), the rise and fall of ANY actor largely depended on Hedda Hopper. By the way, the Kirk Douglas character in the movie’s response to Hopper who told him he’s becoming a bastard: “I’ve always been a bastard, Hedda. You never noticed it before” was ACTUALLY said by the real (and still alive at 99 years old) Kirk Douglas. I remember reading it back in the 1950s.