Watch: Trumbo 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. This movie recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Dame Helen Mirren) to John Wayne (David James Elliott), Kirk Douglas (Dean O’Gorman), and Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel)..
Plot: The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.
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a fun movie on a serious subject
I’ve seen some mixed reviews of Trumbo, and in a way I can understand why it wouldn’t impress some film critics. It is a movie where the movie business, and especially movie personalities, are given over to actors to play. It’s not unlike a few years ago with the Anthony Hopkins Hitchcock: you got a big cast and they all have roles to play from people who, if you’re a big movie buff (or even someone who just knows who Kirk Douglas or John Wayne were, and that’s probably a lot, whether or not you know who Dalton Trumbo was entirely), there’s an aspect of ‘Oh, he’s or she is playing HIM or HER!’ But I think with a sharp enough script that sort of thing goes by the way-side, especially if it gives the right actors some good stuff to play. There’s nothing about Trumbo that is especially complex, as it has the message that most of us in 2015 would agree with: the Hollywood Blacklist, not just what happened to the Hollywood 10 but many others, was a horrible thing, and the thesis comes down to the idea that there were good and bad people in it but it also came down to the nature of it all making people victims… well, except for Hedda Hopper.
The movie is fun though whether or not you know a lot about the history because of who is in the cast and especially Bryan Cranston as Trumbo. He’s a man who makes a lot of money in the 40’s in Hollywood writing scripts and yet is an avowed Communist (he makes the case to his daughter in such a way early on in the film that some might question but most of us would go ‘huh, that’s it then’). A lot of the conflict comes because of what the history had right there: HUAC went after people in Hollywood who were suspected ‘traitors’, but in reality were just writers and (some) actors and directors who had affiliations with the party, and thanks to pressure by columnist Hedda Hopper (played here by Helen Mirren in a role that’s deliciously evil) and John Wayne (actor I can’t remember but does a good impression without being caricature-ish), a group got pressured. They didn’t name names, were held in contempt of court, found guilty and did time. Well, unless if you were Edward G. Robinson (though he’s shown in a somewhat sympathetic light, maybe just by Michael Stuhlbarg being in the role).
The bulk of the story is about the ‘front’ that Trumbo led for himself and other blacklisted writers such as stubborn/cancer-ridden Arlen Hird (Louis CK, always a pleasure to watch, but especially in scenes with Cranston). They used fake names to get their scripts made, even as they had no choice for a while but to team up with filmmakers who were out to just make “crap” (an echo in a way for me of Burton’s Ed Wood with the John Goodman character). There’s some predictable drama that unfolds – the all-business-all-writing part of Dalton that conflicts with being a father and family-man and clashing with his daughter and wife (very good Elle Fanning and Diane Lane respectively) – but what helps it along all the way is just a sharp script and direction that keeps things thematically strong.
This is serious stuff what happened to these people in Hollywood, and director Jay Roach and writer John McNamara know that, all the way up to a final speech from Trumbo upon winning a WGA award that puts things into a perspective that (almost) makes Trumbo too fair to those who really wronged him and his friends. But it’s just full of wit an clever lines; if you’re a sucker for that, as I can be sometimes, then Trumbo makes for a balance of the light and dark stuff. Again if nothing else, Cranston makes someone who can easily be seen as a CHARACTER in bold letters (and by many accounts that is who Trumbo was) and gives him three dimensions and perspective on the situations that unfold. He does things that may be wrong and provocative, in both bad and good ways, and is told off enough that any of his short-comings become kind of charming. I could’ve spent more time with his Trumbo and been happy, especially in light of the history that unfolds here (i.e. Roman Holiday, Spatacus, Exodus, other productions like The Brave One).
A Very Important Film
I give this movie an 8 out of 10. I think, technically, it deserves a 6 or 7. It hinges on the modern notion that a biopic isn’t complete unless we see all the nuances regarding the protagonist’s family life. That is not necessarily the fault of the filmmakers. I don’t think a picture can get funded if it doesn’t adhere to these modern foibles. I give it an 8, however, and, for its purpose alone, it deserves a 10.
It takes guts to make a movie like this today.
In the United States, we tend to get comfortable and forget that the concept of freedom of speech is the most important idea any human being has ever put forth. We tend to forget that the powers that be don’t like that idea.
They really, REALLY don’t like that idea.
They want us lowly masses to be good little sheep and do what we’re told and think exactly the way they want us to think. We tend to forget that fighting against that tendency of power is a struggle, a painful, sometimes lethal struggle. Folks in other countries know about it. They know all too well. That’s why, in spite of all the other problems they may have with the U.S., they still want to live here.
But we’ve gotten lazy. Not only are there forces on the extreme right that would like to dictate how we live, think, and even breathe–now we have a warring faction from the left, seen most prominently on college campuses, that embraces censorship and the “shutting down” of alternative opinions like little McCarthys on methamphetamine. The concept of a “safe space,” where no “offensive” opinions may be heard, is nothing short of censorship. Defenders of this nonsense often make the claim that the government is not getting involved, therefore, it’s not a violation of the First Amendment. Here’s what’s wrong with that argument:
1. Remember our old friend Katherine Hepburn in Adam’s Rib? In her closing arguments, she says the law has two parts–the letter and the spirit. It’s true, by the letter of the law, students harassing and banning speakers on campus they don’t agree with does not equal the federal government censoring those speakers. But it does violate the SPIRIT of the First Amendment. The government, as the film Trumbo clearly shows, cannot always be trusted to safeguard the LETTER of that particular law. It is up to us, We the People, to safeguard the SPIRIT of that law.
2. Trumbo shows us the horrific world where the government trampled on the First Amendment from the top down. What is happening on college campuses today is that violators of what is deemed “politically correct” (a phrase originating from Mao’s Cultural Revolution, which should raise several alarms on that basis alone) are subjected to kangaroo courts on the campus, away from legitimate, LEGAL courts of law. They are harassed and humiliated (just as dissenters in the Cultural Revolution were) with no legal recourse. If this practice becomes accepted in normal society, we will have a political environment no different from the times depicted in the film. The only difference–this time, it we have started with the people and spread to a government ready and willing to enact “speech codes” for its own purposes.
By now, those who still, stubbornly, cling to the notion that there is nothing wrong with what is happening on college campuses today will have dismissed this review. They might even leave typical ad hominem attacks on the message boards to make what attempts they can to silence me (to kill the messenger, if you will). This should very well indicate that what I’ve said is true.
The sane people reading this, no doubt, are asking what the heck this all has to do with Trumbo.
Having been subjected to a kangaroo court on a college campus where I was called in to the Title IX office for teaching Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” I couldn’t help but think, as I watched Trumbo, of the horrific witch hunt I was subjected to. That the film so easily earned my empathy is a testament to how well it’s made.
I wish everyone involved a long, healthy career in the movies. We need more stories like this, stories that remind us the struggle to survive as individuals in a world that so stubbornly clings to collectivism is a never-ending battle. It’s happened before. It’s happening now. If we don’t speak up and resist, it will continue happening in the future.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 4 min (124 min)
Genre Biography, Drama
Director Jay Roach
Writer John McNamara, Bruce Cook
Actors Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 8 wins & 45 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT Plus, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema