The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★

A timely but lacklustre effort from Aaron Sorkin. Directing clearly isn't his strong suit given how bland this is visually with flat editing and dull compositions. Even his typically sharp writing style doesn't really work here. The drama feels very sensationalised with all the tropes of the courtroom drama ticked off one by one and the film as a whole ends up feeling weirdly centrist considering the subject matter.

The performances range from good (Mark Rylance, Michael Keaton, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) to showy (Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong) to awful (Eddie Redmayne as usual). The characters all feel like stereotypes rather than real people, from the quick-witted hippies to the belligerent judge to the lawyer with a crisis of conscience. The film sinks because Sorkin can't do anything creative or informative with them.

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