Movie reviews in brief

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  • Updated: August 21, 2008 - 3:17 PM

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securpoAug. 22, 0810:11 AM

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securpoAug. 22, 0810:12 AM

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filbertguyAug. 23, 08 4:23 AM

Generally I love your takes but I think you were a bit harsh on this one. I saw this film recenly on a trip to NYC and while it's true that the tone was approving, it was hardly "celebratory to a fault." Frankly I thought the filmmakers made a real attempt to stop short of the kind of worshipful, sycophantic lionization that fellow travelers might have prefered. Instead, Trumbo was presented as a markedly flawed human, sometimes grandiose, egotistical, contankerous and alchoholic (to a fault), and ultimately motivated more by the heart of an insurrectionist and an outsized sense of self-righteous indignation than any overriding political ideology. Frankly that was what I loved about this film. Finally, your point about a lack of historical context seems unfair given the fact that probably 2/3 of the film is consumed by performances making it tough to pack all that background, along with the interviews and film clips, into the remaining 30 minutes, so I felt compelled to cut the filmmakers more slack given the serious storytelling challengs. Besides, there was in fact quite a bit of archival material jammed into the front end (although admittedly, it was thrown at us in stoccato-like fashion), so it's not as though they didn't try.

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