“The Trial of the Chicago Seven,” directed by Aaron Sorkin

Movie, 2020

Courtroom drama, reflecting on true events and the reaction and attempts of a staid, conservative judge to deal with the 1960s radical elements involved in a civil protest. A film which very clearly wears its heart on its sleeve, and one in which the viewer senses the judge isn’t going to come out well. There are, however, some nuances in the developing views of the main prosecution lawyer, Tom Foran, which give the film some balance and more power than it might otherwise have had. Some great period details, set pieces and a hefty cast which does well enough with the material and whose starriness doesn’t get in the way of what, all things considered, is a decent and powerful picture.

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