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Review: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' is worth watching

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (L to R) KELVIN HARRISON JR. as Fred Hampton, YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as Bobby Seale, MARK RYLANCE as William Kuntsler in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX ?? 2020

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" feels timely in an at-times jolting way, with images of chaos in the streets and angry crowds chanting "The whole world is watching." At its core, though, writer-director Aaron Sorkin takes the "trial" part to heart, leading to a largely courtroom-bound affair that -- while entertaining and splendidly cast -- at its best echoes his early triumph with "A Few Good Men."

(CNN)"The Trial of the Chicago 7" feels timely in an at-times jolting way, with images of chaos in the streets and angry crowds chanting "The whole world is watching. " At its core, though, writer-director Aaron Sorkin takes the "trial" part to heart, leading to a largely courtroom-bound affair that -- while entertaining and splendidly cast -- at its best echoes his early triumph with "A Few Good Men. "

Those few objections noted, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is very much worth watching, as much for what it says about what's happening in America now as 50 years ago.

Movies also can't be divorced from the context in which they're released, and by that measure "The Trial of the Chicago 7" stands a little taller.

And even if the movie doesn't fully do justice to the story within its sights, on Netflix, the whole world doesn't have to watch to be a success.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" premieres Oct. 16 on Netflix.

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