The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★★★


I honestly did not expect to like this film as much as I do. I find that court-related films, especially those based on true events, carry the risk of either being extremely intense or painfully dull. The Trial of the Chicago 7 however, is one of the very few that pulls it off with ease and succession (no pun intended). The film also provides an unexpected amount of humor which I greatly appreciated - mainly from Sasha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong. Another part of the story I definitely didn't expect going in was how character-driven it was, projected by an extraordinary cast and excellent performances by all. *sniff sniff* I smell some Oscars.

The movie starts slows but as it gains momentum the drama becomes more intriguing and exciting. Before going into a Sorkin movie you expect great dialogue but that does not make it any less impressive. The movie really shines when the trial is cut together with scenes from the streets of Chicago. Overall the film is packed with political messaging needed in the difficult and divisive times of today. I am happy to see this is probably my current favorite film to have been released this year and one of the best! I highly recommend everyone watch it at least once.

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