The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★★★

Maybe Sorkin’s best work? Certainly his best since the ‘90s. It benefits from having an ensemble, so there are fewer moments of cloying lecturing from The Great Man (and the movie doesn’t like Tom Haden enough to let Eddie Redmayne do that much, which helps) and a lot less time spent being quippy and cute. It also benefits from Sorkin doing his best impression of Spike Lee’s directing style, which shouldn’t work but does. It’s also relevant in ways that he couldn’t quite have predicted when he shot it, post-summer 2020, which is a lucky break. (It’s not like no one could have seen it coming, but it’s much better for that to be inadvertent commentary than deliberate, i think!) And Joseph Gordon Levitt as the legacy bureaucrat who decides to go along to get along with the awful policy of a new administration is really effective in ways that feel very intentional, which is to say that this movie does the things it means to do really well. It’s also fun, which is something a lot of movies about the sixties forget to be. I do believe there actually were women involved in the anti-war movement of 1968 and it is weird that none of them are in this movie, but that’s Sorkin for you.