Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 showcases the best and worst of Aaron Sorkin

Speechifying is part of the Aaron Sorkin mode. His second outing as a director, Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, is no exception. The new film is chock full of motormouthed characters, nonstop quips, and walk-and-talks.

It’s also the best possible outcome for such a high dose of Sorkin. In his telling of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests and their aftermath, speeches and arguments are endless, but rarely pompous (most of the time), fitting perfectly into a story about changing hearts and minds through protest. Most of the cast handle the weight of those monologues with these ease, but The Trial of the Chicago 7 doesn’t entirely escape the pitfalls that can
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