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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) - excellent dialogue and performances

Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" takes a story from the 1960's and brings us a sure bet for Best Ensemble during Award Season.

Tom Hayden played by Academy Award Winner Eddie Redmayne brings a droll but nuanced performance to this well scripted movie. Based on the real life story, the script brings the feeling of the era to this movie. However, the final product feels less like a 60's film of the era and more like a polished dialogue heavy play. This is not to say the film doesn't have its brilliant components. Because it does. The directing is strong and the performances are captivating. This is a surefire bet for a Best Screenplay nomination at the Oscars. Overall, it feels very relevant today and it hits a nerve throughout. Sorkin delivers again and Frank Langella shines as Julius Hoffman, the judge we grow to hate from the first time we meet him. His performance brings a strong response from the audience to fully engage into this story.

I can't wait to see this as a play.


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