Based on the story of the Chicago Seven, a group of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy in 1969 and 1970, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
I'm a big fan of Sorkin, and was pumped when I initially heard about this project. It's a movie about a historical event that I want to know more about, it's got one of the best dialogue/legal writers in the game behind the script (and camera) and an incredible cast. What's not to love? Between the last trailer and now this one, though, I'm a little less enthused. They make it seem as if it's more of an inspirational movie and less of a pure historical legal drama. While I really do think that's just Netflix's trailer people wanting to harp on the cultural moment by cutting up the footage with lifetime movie music, I hope that the balance shown isn't the actual product.
To be clear, the actual trial of the Chicago 7 is, without a doubt, an inspirational story. Standing up for what is right even with all the structures of power working against you is incredible. But romanticizing it for the sake of the cultural moment we are in to get more views feels, I don't know, a little gross. Again, I think that's mostly a product of the trailer people because the early reviews are mostly positive so far.