Sometimes when I'm watching a film that depicts a real event, I like to think, "Is the actual event really as dramatic as the one depicted here?" That question came to mind when I watched The Trial of the Chicago 7 , a film by director and writer Aaron Sorkin and aired on streaming service Netflix from the end of last month. Here lies a trial that is so unsettling, irritating, prolonged for months, intimidating and unfair. Did, in fact, the court described as running like that?
And whether it's watching or finishing, I don't feel too bothered by the question. Here, a trial is heralded as something wild, full of eccentric characters, a guide who is in a dilemma, a judge who is always prejudiced, a group of defendants who are diverse and full of insults and resistance in them. And I enjoy it. I enjoy how the energy of each character feels, every slur and every charge is always exposed with great stress and how everyone tries to beat his opponent at all costs.
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 tells of a trial that took place in 1969, with the number 7 being taken from the seven defendants who were judged. But initially, not seven but eight defendants were judged in it, with Bobby Seal (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), the head of the "Black Panther Party" taking part in it and after being full of struggle finally released because it was known that he was not involved in the action. the other seventh. What were the actual actions that they committed to become defendants in this court? Protesting the war between the United States and Vietnam.
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Basically, the seven defendants are a group of people from different groups who came to Chicago when the Democratic National Convention was underway to stage a demonstration about stopping the war. What's interesting is that The Trial of the Chicago 7 does n't start with how the demonstration took place but jumps right up five months later, when trials for the seventh begin. That way, the audience will not know what really happened and the facts of what actually happened begin to unfold as the court progressed, which makes this film never feel bored because it's always interesting to see what will happen next in this chaotic court.
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Among the seven are two members of the SDS or "Students for a Democratic Society" Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and Rennie Davis (Alex Sharp), two important figures for the organization "Youth International Party" or simply "Yippies" Abbie Hoffman. (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), leaders of a rule-abiding demonstrator and are married to David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch), as well as Lee Weiner (Noah Robbins) and John Froines (Daniel Flaherty) who don't even really understand why did they become defendants.
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From the outset we were shown that the court was going to be very intimidating. The judge, Julius Hoffman (Frank Langella) immediately shows his hostile nature to the seven defendants and their lawyer, William Kunstler (Mark Rylance), which finally culminates in a scene that is quite scary: when the judge orders one of the defendants, Bobby Seal, to be taken to another room and handcuffed and gagged with a small towel. When watching a trial like this, of course I wonder if it was going this brutally?
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After reading and reading, it seems that this is what happened. With The Trial of the Chicago 7 , Aaron Sorkin has returned to resurrecting a court, an incident in a row that shows the real injustices that have occurred, so that sometimes we as spectators don't care whether what happens in the film is just the director's dramatization or it really happened. because we are the center of concentration we are referring to how at one point in history a court could become such a dirty and unfair, and perhaps it
Apart from the heavy and interesting theme, of course what is the main attraction of this film is the players. Apart from the eight defendants with familiar characters, there was Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz's guide, Kelvin Harrison Jr. as one of the high-ranking "Black Panther Party" Fred Hampton to Michael Keaton who even though it only has two scenes but has a considerable impact and adds to the excitement of a court as Ramsey Clark, a former Attorney General who was summoned to be a witness.
With the stars in it, Aaron Sorkin managed to give the time and opportunity for each character in it to shine and take its own moment. No character feels wasted, no character feels like they don't fit the character. Not only is it watching how fun a trial is, but The Trial of the Chicago 7 also looks like a showcase for each of the cast, who has given a scintillating appearance every time.
Apart from Michael Keaton who managed to attract attention with his calm, courageous and confident characters, who always managed to make this film not always dark and still fun to follow are Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong who look like a comedy duo in court. Both of them, especially Sacha Baron Cohen, are able to play characters who generally look ridiculous but at some moments can show intelligence that others don't expect, so that the character is always fun to follow.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an intense film filled with fierce drama, whether it's the director's dramatization or not. Here, good and evil are united with one. Are those tried and convicted as criminals really bad people? Or are those who judge them, who should do what is right, a good person? Here, there are no really obvious "villains", and that is what makes this court drama so interesting to follow to the end.
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