The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★★★

“The whole word is watching!”

I enjoyed this a lot. It was much more engaging than I thought a court room drama would be, and it effectively uses flashbacks and quick cuts to keep the pace up. I think this is in part to the great editing in this movie. 

Aaron Sorkin is a master screenwriter. Like The Social Network, the dialogue is incredibly clever and at times really funny. The story structure is also very similar to The Social Network in that it concerns a legal hearing after the main events of the movie. So it definitely plays to Aaron Sorkin’s strengths as a writer. He also uses real footage intertwined with movie footage really well. I loved the ending.

Eddie Redmayne makes an excellent performance, but the whole cast really did a great job. Though some characters were more in the backdrop, they all got some moment to shine.

All in all, it’s a great film. It’s timely, intense, funny, and at times emotional.

83/100

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