Brief review of Trumbo
Having seen this film already, I fully believe that Bryan Cranston has a legitimate shot at earning an Oscar nomination and possibly even taking the trophy home. Cranston's performance as Dalton Trumbo (as well as the rest of the supporting cast) is so good that you forget that you're watching actors on film.
Trumbo is the story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, his outing as a Communist, and the fallout that resulted because of it. This film brings a surprising amount of humor to a movie about a mostly serious topic, but considering that director Jay Roach has a history directing hilarious comedies such as Borat and Meet the Parents, it's not surprising that there was a good amount of funny in this film. While still bringing a considerate amount of laughs, Roach was able to convey the emotional heft that the film needed, which is remarkable. This film is especially a treat for cinephiles like myself as it gives you a behind the scenes look at some classic actors (though it is a dramatization) as well as what goes into making a great film. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and for anyone looking to see an acting showcase, this is the film for you!
As the release date for Trumbo has approached, a lot of buzz has generated regarding Bryan Cranston's performance to the point that many are expecting him to earn himself an Oscar. So as we proceed I'm going to share my 5 favorite performances by actors who won Oscars portraying real people (in no particular order).
Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund (The Fighter)
Christian Bale has always been considered a bit of an oddball with a short fuse, but nobody can deny that he will put his all into a role if he believes in it. His supporting role in The Fighter won him a well deserved Oscar and was the first of his career, but probably not the last.
Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas)
Joe Pesci graced us all with one of the best supporting characters of all time. This is my favorite scene that he's involved in in the movie. The "funny guy" scene is really all you need to see. It shows every psychotic side of this hot-tempered character.
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote (Capote)
Philip Seymour Hoffman literally turned into a different person with his performance as Truman Capote. I mean, just watch this clip. This guy... I can't even... So sad we'll never get anymore great performances from him again.
Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta (Raging Bull)
Considered by many as Martin Scorsese's greatest film, Robert De Niro brings a tour de force performance to one of the greatest boxing movies of all time. Maybe even one of the greatest movies in general of all time.
Colin Firth as King George VI (The King's Speech)
Colin Firth delivered one of the most sympathetic and humbling performances I've ever seen in The King's Speech. Here he plays King Henry VI who struggles and lives with a severe stammer. This performance as well as the movie as a whole is the kind you want to stand up and cheer for. Much of that is to the credit of Colin Firth.