The Trial of the Chicago 7
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is directed and written by Aaron Sorkin. I've been a fan of Mr Sorkin's previous work especially 'The Social Network'.
I like how he writes his screenplays and dialogues. He is one of the best, so when I got to know about this movie that was coming out, I was excited!
The movie is based on the infamous Chicago trial of 1969. To be very honest I didn't know anything about the subject before watching the movie but it presented the subject matter amazingly well. I was feeling every single dialogue in the court room, even though the direction side of Aaron Sorkin did not hit the stride but the dialogue writing makes up for it.
I can just say if you want to write a courtroom screenplay, you better call Sorkin (Ok, I let myself out).
The performances in this movie are great! It features Sacha Baron Cohen (Abbie Hoffman), Eddie Redmayne (Tom Hayden), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Richard Schultz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Bobby Seale), Mark Rylance (William Kunstler), Frank Langella (Julius Hoffman) and many others.
Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show in every scene. His great comedic timing makes some intense court scenes one of the funniest scenes of the movie.
The character of the Corrupt Judge was played so well by Frank Langella that I wanted to punch the judge through my screen (lol!). Every performance in this movie is just *chef's kiss*.
The scenes of the riot are heart-breaking, the way they show police brutality against the defendants is just crude. The Third Act is emotional and powerful.
The last statement by Eddie Redmayne at the end of the trial is just moving.
I just want to say if you like Sorkin's writing and great performances by some of the phenomenal actors, you're going to love this one.
TSHC's SCORE: 8/10