“Trumbo” Showcases the Talents of Cranston and Fanning, but Feels Beyond Its Length

Trumbo, from veteran comedy director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents and Austin Powers series), is based on the true story of the blacklisted screenwriter during an era of anti-Communism.  In an academy-award nominated performance, Bryan Cranston portrays the eponymous writer throughout the late 1940s and 1950s during a time when the “Red Scare” permeated Hollywood.   Though the film feels overlong due to some meandering subplots, and a few of the characters distract from the overall story, this is a solid historical drama.  Cranston is undoubtedly the major attraction, but the overall themes of the story remain poignant to this day.

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