We know Aaron Sorkin loves words, especially when soaked in political context. The famed The West Wing scribes second directorial outing, The Trial of the Chicago 7, focuses on a the paranoid world of American politics under the Nixon regime with the truth life tale of the trial of 7 anti-war protestors.
It feels like an understatement to say that Sorkin’s latest features an all-star cast featuring a wiggy-but-excellent Mark Rylance, a very Boston sounding Sachs Baron cohen and a ferocious Frank Langella as the incompetent judge, to name just a few. It’s a court-room drama that has all the grand-standing, eye-catching (and eye-rolling) sequences that you would expect from a trial in American history that will make you shocked and shudder through the sheer audacity of its political bias. Langella’s unhinged portrayal of Judge Julius Hoffman is teeth-grittingly sharp and will have you holding your hands in disbelief.
It is very male-centric story so testosterone levels are high and remain so throughout, but despite its glitzy cast and the expected Hollywoodisation of the American Judicial System, at no point did I ever find it too heavy-handed, too wordy or pretentious. In fact, I was hooked from the get-go. My only issue being is I’d have liked a little bit more context, maybe a little bit more heart, as to some of these guys’ motives – but that can be difficult to nail across such a far-reaching ensemble cast.
A really good watch and one that gets you thinking and certainly gets you going in the world of Trump.