The entire cast is brilliant, and fun to watch. Bryan Cranston was born to play this role of the brilliant, very talented and supremely egotistical Hollywood intellectual. It's impossible to take your eyes of him. Hellen Mirren as Hedda Hopper, the vicious and venemous Hollywood gossip writer leading the charge from the right has never been better. Louie C.K. has brought his A game as well, but I'd have to say my favorite scene in the movie belongs entirely to John Goodman when he steps up to the plate. You'll know it when you see it.
This is great drama of an era when America succumbed to fear only to devour itself from within. It richly deserves to be remembered and not forgotten. But you'll find very few historical dramas that are so entertaining and downright fun while resurrecting such painful memories. It's a script that Dalton himself would have been proud to have written.