I'm a major Aaron Sorkin apologist. I've seen all his TV shows multiple times, as well as his movies. An extremely verbose and passionate writer, you always run the risk of something sincere but embarrassing. He's had plenty of lows (the father-daughter reunion in Molly's Game, the campus rape episode of The Newsroom), but when he hits his highs (Sean Parker seducing Mark Zuckerberg with power in The Social Network, President Bartlett cursing God on The West Wing), that's about as good as movies and TV get.
So when I heard he was bringing the long-gestating dramatization of the Chicago 7 trial to the big screen, I went full Barney Gumble. And when I learned Netflix bought the film from Paramount, I got even more excited, because this meant I'd get to see it sooner. The trailer shot this up to my most anticipated movie of the fall.
The movie couldn't be more timely, as we've seen protests going on pretty much non-stop since this summer. Even more specifically, the trailer features images of police brutality and methods of protest that aren't strictly "peaceful." "This is a revolution," says Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen). "We may hurt somebody's feelings." And protestors are dismissed as "rebels without a job" and a "threat to national security," which shows tactics on both sides haven't changed that much in 50-plus years.
And my word, that cast. In addition to Cohen, the film features Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Mark Rylance, Oscar nominees Michael Keaton and Frank Langella, and new Emmy winners Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jeremy Strong. Plus, great character actors like John Carroll Lynch and John Doman.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is currently in limited theaters and will debut on Netflix on October 16.