The Trial of The Chicago 7 (2020) – Encore Review

“This is the Academy Awards of protests and as far as I’m concerned it’s an honor just to be nominated.” – Lee Weiner

Number of Times Seen – Twice (17 Oct 2020 and 25 Apr 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Following riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, 7 unconnected men are all accused of crimes and must fight for their freedom and innocence.

My Take on it – Amazing film that works even better on subsequent viewings.

Aaron Sorkin is a superb writer and director and it’s easy to see his adept hand in this film.

The script is based on the transcripts of the trial and it’s great that that fact is publicized because otherwise it would be hard to believe some of the things that happen here along the way.

The story plays out really well and they do a wonderful job keeping the story anchored and focused in the courtroom.

They have a few flashbacks that are edited into the story quite well and help show the viewer the story in even more detail along the way.

The film’s cast is spectacular with Eddie Redmayne, Sasha Baron Cohen , Jeremy Strong, Frank Langella, John Carrol Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton and Alex Sharp all adding so much to this powerful story.

The film is truly an ensemble film and that helps emphasize that the main character is actually justice and the justice system itself.

This is one of my favorite films from 2020 and it is quite deserving of its 6 Oscar nominations.

Most prognosticators don’t think this film has much of a chance to win any awards, but I have a hunch that that may not be so true.

I’m still pulling for it to win Best Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay and Best Picture, but we’ll know in a few hours as to whether I am right or not.

I can’t wait to watch this again!

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sacha Baron Cohen admitted he was “terrified” of having to do an American accent for the film. He had used a few different variations of the accent before for comedic reasons, but never for a dramatic role. He knew the real Abbie Hoffman had a unique voice, having a Massachusetts accent but also having gone to school in California, and was worried he would “sound wrong”. Aaron Sorkin had to reassure him that the role was “not an impersonation, but an interpretation”, which Baron Cohen claimed did not help much. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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