The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (2020)

Based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 was definitely one of my most anticipated films of the year, it’s about the 1968 trial of seven men who along with several protestors protested the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Several different things happened all at once Martin Luther King Jr (killed April 4th 1968) and Robert F. Kennedy (killed June 6th 1968) were both assassinated, The Vietnam War was taking place during the time and much more. Now on to the film itself which is quite powerful, one of the strongest things about this film is the acting and the writing, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance and Frank Langella were the standouts. They all truly did a fantastic job, they all portrayed the actual people quite well and not to mention they looked exactly like them too. The writing I was very impressed by, yes there are some cinematic moments that didn’t actually take place but from what I counted I believe there were only two or three incidents, one of which is really not a huge change. Plus the scenes themselves are still quite great, the music is really well done especially combined with the filming and the tension in the courtroom it leads to several powerful speeches. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is also has the fastest 2 hours and 10 minutes in a movie I have seen in awhile, mostly due to how invested you get into the film. The court case has a lot turns and so many events that happened to the point where you feel like this was a very short film. The ending is going to be a hit or miss for some people, but for me I thought it was pretty well done. The build up to that moment was perfect and the delivery was both mesmerizing and beautiful! The Trial Of The Chicago 7 makes us look back at a fascinating piece of history that is very relevant today, in fact when you finish the film you are pretty much left saying “not much as really changed at all” it truly is a special type of film! When it comes time for award nominations this will definitely be a frontrunner! Give this one a watch!!

10/10 A+

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