Not the first time that author and director Aaron Sorkin has experimented with a “court drama”. In 1992 he began writing the screenplay for “A Few Good Men”, which starred Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise and directed by Rob Rayner. 4 Oscars, in which he shouted “You cannot deal with the truth.”
And that is before Aaron returns – in just the right time – and gives the audience in their homes one of the best films he has been writing and developing over a decade, about a true story that took place in 1969, during the trial of 7 people accused by the US federal government of conspiracy and incitement to provoke Riots during the protests against the Vietnam War, in conjunction with the holding of the Democratic National Conference in Chicago; To release a new cry, “The whole world is watching,” and sheds light on the issues of the protests that have recently returned to concern America, with the movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7” that was shown by Netflix days ago, and it begins in Stir up controversy.
The cinema stormed the courtrooms in search of justice in various cases. It presented us with the most wonderful dramas known as court drama, and among the most important of them was the brilliant director Sidney Lumet: “12 Angry Men12” in 1957, starring Henry Fonda, and classified within The 100 Greatest American Movies. And “The Verdict” in 1982, starring Paul Newman, which was nominated for 5 Oscars, and was included in the list of the 100 best screenplays in the Writers Guild of America in 2013.
As well as the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1962, starring Gregory Peck and directed by Robert Mulligan, it won 3 Oscars, was described as the “greatest legal film ever” by the American Bar Association, and was listed on the “National Film Registry.” “For its cultural and historical significance.
In addition to the movie “And Justice for All” in 1979, starring Al Pacino and directed by Norman Joyson, and “A Cry in the Dark” in 1980, starring Meryl Streep and directed by Fred Shabsi, and ” The Accused in 1988, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, for whom Jodi Foster was awarded the best actress.
1992 also witnessed the first comedic experience in the court drama movies category, with the movie “My Cousin Vinny” starring Joe Pesci and directed by Jonathan Lynn, and Marisa Tommy won an Oscar for best supporting actress.
Sorkin passionate about the truth
Sorkin is considered one of the Hollywood writers most interested in presenting works inspired by real events, as he is the creator of the series “The West Wing”, which was shown from 1999 to 2006, and ranked 70 among the highest-rated TV shows on the site “IMDB” ( IMDb), and won two Golden Globe Awards.
He also has the movie “The Social Network” in 2010, which won 3 Oscars, including the award for best screenplay, and “Moneyball” in 2011, which Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, followed by Steve Jobs in 2015 Golden Globe winner for best screenplay.
He also has “Molly’s Game” in 2017, which was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay as well, and today he takes a remarkable step forward with the movie “The Chicago Trial 7”, in which he shows his talent as a director who can present a wonderful film about real events that will be immortal.
Timing and performance
It is not a coincidence that the film was shown at a time when laws against protest movements in America are gaining momentum, and one of the most important elections in the country’s history looms on the horizon, with the chant of “the whole world is watching”, echoed by the protest movement, according to critic Brian Talerico in an article. Roger Ebert art site.
Sorkin did not spend time throwing viewers into the chaos of 1968, where the peaceful protests against young souls lost in the unjust Vietnam War, but rather a loud opening that put us in the historical context, to remind us that the United States continues to litigate the cultural war that it started in the 1960s, And it has fought it and has been fighting it on various fronts since then.
Sorkin sets the scene through intense dialogue and constant movement, to enter us into a courtroom that makes us feel angry at the world.
The trial took place at a turbulent moment in America’s history, as the Vietnam War created a deep divide, raging as political assassinations and the incursion of racism spread, and the country was torn apart by deep differences between left and right. Let’s find out what happened and why it happened, by connecting us with a series of flashbacks. Sorkin was adept at using her documentary shots as a reminder of police brutality at the time.
Then he introduces his heroes, starting with William Kunstler (Mark Relance), a defense attorney who achieved more court attendance than a lawyer could actually achieve, appearing a cunning intellectual who pretended to be simple to reap sympathy, before pouncing to undermine power with equal cunning.
And the representative of the authority, Judge Julius Hoffman (Frank Langera), this arrogant bully who showed his contempt for the accused and revealed from the beginning his premeditated intention to abuse them and imprison them on behalf of the government of President Nixon .. And he used his high position to impose his fanatic views, and to distribute contempt of court orders as if they were free papers in the subway .
Besides the wonderful way Sorkin managed the relationship between moderate political activist Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and radical leftist Abby Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen).
And up to the black panther Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Matin II), the eighth accused of the Black Panther Party, who appeared in one of the most horrific moments in a scene that is difficult to watch, to confirm that black youths continue to endure abuse because of the color of their skin to this day.