Trumbo looks back at a shameful time in American history when the House of Un-American Activities began a witch-hunt on anyone who didn’t agree with the puritanical & capitalist “American” values of the time.
In particular, the film focuses on Dalton Trumbo and nine other screenwriters who were blacklisted from Hollywood due to their communist leanings. The house exploited the fear of communism at the time and convinced the public that these writers—and many others—were conspiring for the downfall of American through the movie industry.
It’s a serious subject that writer, Mcnamara, and Director, Roach, fashion into an entertaining & humorous movie. It’s not a history lesson, as no film ever is, but the unjust and some might say unconstitutional treatment of the writers did happen. Trumbo’s comfortable life as a popular, well paid screenwriter was shaken to the core when he was subpoenaed by the aforementioned HUAC to testify before congress and name names.