Trumbo_poster_goldposter_com_4A bland recounting of a fascinating yet appalling true story of the Hollywood 10 – and scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo in particular. And by failing to provide any real context to the move against scriptwriters immediately following World War II, Trumbo provides little insight into a shameful piece of American history.

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers, Austin Powers: Goldmember) provides too light a touch to what is essentially serious material. And an overly mannered performance by Bryan Cranston (Argo, Drive), surprisingly nominated for an Oscar, may capture the idiosyncricies of mannerisms and intonations of the real-life Trumbo, but the result is a lack of any real engagement.

Rating: 48%


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