The original motion picture movie The Trial of the Chicago 7 picked up by Netflix appeared briefly on the silver screen in Pathé cinemas at the beginning of this month. Since yesterday, the film has been made by director and script writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) on the streaming service!
And the reception appears to be very strong. At the time of writing, court drama is up 94 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, with an average rating of 7.88 / 10. The public is also very satisfied with 92%.
Fresh style and not out of fashion
“To paraphrase Bob Dylan, times are indeed changing, but Sorkin’s sharp writings on politics, media and culture have not gone out of style,” said Brian Lowry of CNN.com. And Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post: “Unmatched in his ability to write debates and speeches, Sorkin manages to refresh those old couches and robes.”
Charlotte O’Sullivan van de London Evening Standard: Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show in Aaron Sorkin’s most entertaining, at times cheesy, completely current take on a notorious American trial. And Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post: “The Trial of the Chicago 7 offers a compelling look at a chapter of American history that was both bizarre and woefully meaningful.”
Impressive list of actors
Our Thierry’s review appeared on FilmTotaal and he gave a nice one four stars and wrote, among other things: “What makes The Trial of the Chicago 7 especially worth watching is the impressive list of actors Sorkin has. It may not be called a real star cast, but we probably won’t see a stronger ensemble than this this year.”