Sunday, December 6, 2015
Trumbo: Monday, November 30 2015
The film is based on the biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook. Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, and Helen Mirren plays Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist. The acting is excellent, and the casting is perfect.
My friends enjoyed the film. I had mixed feelings as I found it such a sad commentary on human behaviour. I've never been an adherent to the idea of being a martyr for any religious or political ideology or idea. My philosophy is that it's better to run away, and live to fight another day. This means that I have little sympathy for Trumbo's stand on his right to not answer questions that might incriminate him, and therefore be in contempt of court. I also have no sympathy for McCarthy in what he thought of as his patriot duty to zealously persecute Communists and anyone even remotely connected with Communism. I also felt the shadow of J. Edgar Hoover in the background. I didn't find this a "feel good" film, in any way.