Movie Review: Trumbo (2016)

Do you like bio-pics? Well, most of them are said to be sort of boring so to speak which is why many shy away from such films. But guess there’s really a niche for these kinds of movies even those with political flavor like Trumbo, a story of a screenwriter who got blacklisted for his political beliefs back in the 40s and 50s.

Screen writer Dalton Trumbo, center, right, waves to part of the crowd of 500 people who showed up at Los Angeles Airport, June 8, 1950, in a farewell demonstration before Trumbo left for Washington, where he and John H. Lawson will begin jail terms for contempt of Congress. At right are Trumbo's children, Nicola and Christopher, and his wife, Cleo. Trumbo refused to answer the House Un-American Activities Committee question of whether he is or ever was a communist. (AP Photo/Ed Widdis)
Screen writer Dalton Trumbo, center, right, waves to part of the crowd of 500 people who showed up at Los Angeles Airport, June 8, 1950, in a farewell demonstration before Trumbo left for Washington, where he and John H. Lawson will begin jail terms for contempt of Congress. At right are Trumbo’s children, Nicola and Christopher, and his wife, Cleo. Trumbo refused to answer the House Un-American Activities Committee question of whether he is or ever was a communist. (AP Photo/Ed Widdis)

Oh, good timing. It’s election year and somehow the film could give us ‘a vital lesson in democracy’ as Time’s Joe Neumaier would put it.

While some of those who have seen Trumbo may say the film is not that inspiring, well, that is because they looked at it from some era kind of thing. Inapplicable. It doesn’t connect.

Then again, the lines and adaptation are quite lame because it’s not a story of some care-free spirit who does nothing but hangout. This is serious. And fighting for one’s beliefs is what really makes a legacy. One doesn’t need to be radical to do so. In our age, ‘the pen has the power to be even mightier than the sword’!

In the case of the movie and even life in general, whatever our political affiliation maybe doesn’t really matter. If it does, then it comes from ‘selfish’ interests. For those who really seek to serve should look for the good of all. Not just the good of those who are in their team.

Some may just even be confused. You know, like, following blindly. And that’s when those who really care comes in. To educate not to coerce or bribe. Using ‘fronts’ or pseudonyms in the case of Dalton Trumbo — that’s the result of ‘coercing’. He’s got to feed his family and threatening his work does not speak well of ‘democracy’. Good intentions come with freedom.

Dalton Trumbo
Dalton Trumbo

Still, one can not be so immersed with beliefs or work that it could already be hurtful to his family, his support system. Or else, you’re just feeding your ego. As always, if you want to change the world, you got to stick it with your family first. Money, power or fame is not everything — Time is.

Working in a bathtub is interesting though.

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