The Trial Of The Chicago 7: 15
Right from the start of the year, this was one of 2020’s most hyped and anticipated movies. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (Newsroom, A Few Good Men). Originally planned as a wide theatrical release, the film was taken off the release date due to the pandemic and was bought by Netflix back in June.
The film tells the true story of the Chicago Seven trial, a case against seven civil rights leaders and Vietnam War protesters involved in a riot in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention. The protesters are charged with inciting the riot by new Nixon Administration.
Throughout the runtime of the film you learn about each character and their reasoning for attending the protest. From a performance and writing level, this film is really amazing, with stand-out performances from a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance and Frank Langella. The film includes an amazing soundtrack by Daniel Pemberton. The movie is very culturally relevant, given recent protests in America. Fans of courtroom dramas or those wishing to learn more about the political landscape of 1960s America will not be disappointed.
The biggest misstep this movie makes is the ending, without getting into spoilers it’s very cheesy and a bit Hollywood. Overall, I would say it is an enjoyable movie with great performances and writing. Whilst critically acclaimed, I was a little underwhelmed…maybe it was the hype, maybe the ending. Though screening in some cinemas the movie is now available on Netflix.
Out now: on Netflix