After his 2017 directorial debut, Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin comes back for another round with the film The Trial of the Chicago 7. Based on a true story, the movie is about the surrounding uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Featuring an all star ensemble cast. (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Flaherty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Sacha Baron Cohen, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Robbins, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, and Jeremy Strong)
There’s no doubt that Netflix has been delivering oscar worthy pictures this year with releases such as this one and Da 5 Bloods. Obviously, both of them are well deserved. The trial of the Chicago 7 has the staple of the witty, persuasive and elegant words that Sorkin writes in each of his scripts. Leaving us awed in every line delivery.
Surely, with the help of actors the word comes to life and each of them shine in their own way. However, for me, the highlights were the performances of Sacha Baron Cohen and Frank Langella. Where one plays a hippy with remarkable intelligence and the other one a hostile judge that would make your blood boil.
Predominantly taking place in a courtroom and there’s no question that things get heated. Discourse, corruption, racism and abuse of power are things we see inside of that small room that for a fact the viewers are gonna feel a certain emotion by just seeing it. Sorkin creates an environment that would make you not hold still through the whole 129 minutes.
From what we see in the film, it’s not far away from the social and political climate of today’s present-time. Showing that decades later after the trials we still are fighting with police brutality, racism and social injustice. Creating a space of reflection for the viewers how times haven’t changed.