Starring: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Alan Tudyk, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Michael Stuhlbarg
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Biographical drama which follows the successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and explores how it all came to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs and how Trumbo fights against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Verdict: This is pretty much an uninspired biopic, there’s nothing new here that you haven’t seen in any typical biopic movie. The one thing that elevated it above the rest is Bryan Cranstone’s brilliant performance, but the way the story is presented is a real let down as it had potential to be so much more.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 12)
Louis B. Mayer: Your next deal’s gonna make you the highest paid write in Hollywood, which will make you the highest paid writer in the world.
Dalton Trumbo: Where do I sign?
J. Parnell Thomas: Communism is not some faraway threat, it’s most dangerous agents are here in Hollywood. They need to be identified as the enemies they are.
Ian McLellan Hunter: Why movies? Why us?
Dalton Trumbo: We work in a business with cameras they invented, getting us to make them famous.
J. Parnell Thomas: Mr. Trumbo, are you now, or have you ever been a member of the communist party?
Dalton Trumbo: Am I accused of a crime?
Dalton Trumbo: What we’re about to do is the one thing everyone says we can’t: we work.
Dalton Trumbo: The blacklist is alive and well, and so is the black market.
Dalton Trumbo: I’ll write you a movie for twelve hundred.
Frank King: And you don’t want your name on it?
Dalton Trumbo: No, you don’t want my name on it.
Kirk Douglas: I’m doing a new picture about one man trying to take on the whole world.
Dalton Trumbo: What’s the title?
Kirk Douglas: Spartacus.
Arlen Hird: [to Trumbo] Ever since I’ve known you, you talk like a radicle, but you live like a rich guy. I don’t think you’re willing to lose all of this just to do the right thing.
Dalton Trumbo: If we get one big movie we can get all the big movies, and then this whole rotten thing ends.
Dalton Trumbo: We can do this, we can beat them. We can win!
Frank King: Are you fucking with me? Because if you are, I will fuck you.
Dalton Trumbo: I’ve heard that line before. It sounded better in prison.
Total Quotes: 12