The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★★

has about as much of sorkin's sanctimonious speechifying and centrist respectability debates as you'll likely expect of it but the material itself carries an urgency he's been unsuccessfully chasing after for years that overpowers even his own political sympathies. or maybe the courtroom drama is just the perfect venue for his style of quippy, rhetorical writing; he certainly relishes every opportunity to make this an actor's exercise in historical theater. or maybe i just really miss the mid-budget courtroom drama in general. either way, this is the best thing that's had sorkin's name on it in nearly a decade.

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