The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Welp Aaron Sorkin sorkined the hell out of The Trial of the Chicago 7. The movie makes a bunch of stuff up to de-radicalize the leftist politics of the activists in order to deliver a watered-down liberal message. Some lines are even copy-pasted wholesale from other Sorkin projects. Tom Hayden and Dave Dellinger, in particular, were much more radical and principled then is shown on screen. The Chicago 7 were not solely motivated by the deaths of American soldiers in Vietnam (as the film goes out of its way to try to suggest). In reality the activists always made a point of highlighting the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese killed by the US Military. Sorkin’s trademark love of institutional American power comes through loud and clear especially when he interjects his own bizarre fan fiction by turning one of the prosecutors (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) into a sympathetic character. The subtle but unmistakably underhanded jabs at Dave Dellinger (one of the most principled non-violent activists in modern history) were especially infuriating. Dellinger definitely did not punch a court official during the trial and it’s insulting for Sorkin to have made that up out of thin air to malign his non-violent convictions. Skip this film and learn about these activists from other sources.