Trumbo (2015) score: 71%
I wouldn’t say Bryan Cranston is Oscar-worthy as Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood’s 10 blacklisted Communists. Meryl Streep became Margaret Thatcher and Benedict Cumberbatch became Alan Turing. Cranston emulates Trumbo. Having said that, he’s never not entertaining.
The occasionally heavy-handed script that regularly injects on-the-nose retrospective ideology also doesn’t help in making the film an effective biography, however it still feels as though you’re being reasonably well-informed. The magnificent ensemble cast lift the overall quality levels. Helen Mirren is oddly delightful in full bitch mode as columnist Hedda Hopper, and Dean O’Morgan absolutely nails the voice, image and demeanour of Kirk Douglas.