The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★★

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Let me preface this by saying that I actually usually like courtroom dramas, and my issue with this movie isn't that it was a tedious watch. Sure, it wasn't particularly exhilarating, but the subject matter was interesting enough to keep me somewhat engaged.

My issue is how much Aaron Sorkin tries to send out a powerful, in-your-face message about liberty, democracy, equality, etc. but actually manages to come away saying absolutely nothing. He introduces important, impactful themes and storylines (such as the Black Panthers) and then completely discards them when they aren't compatible with his self-aggrandizing script anymore.

The ending, in particular, was almost laughably smug and moderate. "We actually don't mind the institutions in our nation, there are just some bullies in charge". And then the final statement, reading out the names, that should be an emotional climax, is accompanied by cliche violin music and an insane amount of gavel-banging and cries for "order".

I still found myself entertained and I do really enjoy this cast, but it’s so sad that this could be our Oscar winner this year...

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