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Shmoo Review – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Known as one of the most influential writers of today, Aaron Sorkin delivers another fantastic film as writer and director of ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’.

Audiences are sucked into this tale right from the start. From the get-go we are shown new feeds and videos from the United States around the time of the Vietnam war, and this fast pace launches audiences into an immersive story about race, war, and politics.

Starring Mark Rylance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Frank Langella, and many other talented individuals, the Chicago 7 come to life in this biopic. As someone who was not educated about this trial in school, I thought it was a great introduction to some of the topics addressed. However, it also made me feel like there is much more research I need to do, and want to do, to educate myself.

Amidst the current political climate, I believe this is the perfect film to watch not just for a little bit of history but also for a genuinely well-done film. Each character is well rounded and has a purpose in propelling the plot and telling this story as accurately as they wish. The pacing is spot on, giving a drawn-out feel that would have been experienced as part of the trial itself. And the casting is phenomenal. We love these characters and hate these characters because they are so nuanced. If you have the time, give this a watch and then use it to start conversations.

 

Written by Andi Hubick

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