With the overwhelming praise heaped on Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, it’s a no brainer that come October 16 this should be placed on your must watch list. The Aaron Sorkin directed feature is our main spotlight on the latest episode of Find Your Film, and check out the video to hear our discussion!
If you are a diehard fan of Aaron Sorkin’s expansive work as a writer and filmmaker, then The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be right up your alley. That said, the film stands out its own thanks to the immersive look at how these protestors, which included Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), persevered in their own manner throughout the trial.
The Grade A ensemble also includes John Carroll Lynch (David Dellinger), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Richard Schultz), and Mark Rylance (William Kunstler). Expect this movie, which currently has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, to nab a healthy share of honors come Awards season.
Eric Holmes is a huge fan of Sorkin so The Trial of the Chicago 7 was definitely for him (he has since watched the flick numerous times) and Bruce Purkey spent considerable time watching and reading material on the event after watching this movie. A huge part of the movie’s effectiveness also lies in its value added nature; I am definitely reading more about this case and the lives of those involved thanks to The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Check out the video below as we talk about The Trial of the Chicago 7.Full breakdown of the video is also featured:
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Video Review Breakdown
1:27 – A gorilla is behind Bruce Purkey!!!
2:43 – I still haven’t seen Uncle Peckerhead, a film which Eric Holmes says it’s tied for #1 film of the year with The Trial of the Chicago 7!
4:18 – Bruce Purkey was never a big Aaron Sorkin fan (on the TV end). He is a “latecomer” to the Aaron Sorkin “fandom”
5:00 – Eric Holmes on his love for Aaron Sorkin’s body of work, but it took him a spell to fully appreciate Sorkin.
6:00 – Eric Holmes briefly does the “I am God” speech from Malice!
6:30 – I actually interviewed Aaron Sorkin years ago for The American President press junket – I wish I still had the tape!
7:20 – The Trial of the Chicago 7 review starts!!
8:40 – Bruce Purkey talks about the “breakneck speed” behind the film.
10:08 – Eric Holmes – “I love this movie so goddamn much!!” He has seen this movie at least three times.
12:00 – Holmes thinks Aaron Sorkin is “crushing it” as a director.
14:40 – “Everything about this movie is fantastic.” – Eric Holmes
15:06 – Bruce Purkey thinks this movie will be one of his favorite films of 2020.
16:00 – Purkey did a ton more follow up reading and watching after seeing The Trial of the Chicago 7.
17:12 – Purkey talks about the editing of the film.
21:48 – Purkey adds that it’s an entertaining movie no matter where you stand politically.
24:00 – Eric Holmes – “This movie is a really good example of Sorkin at his best.”
27:53 – Final The Trial of the Chicago 7 thoughts from Eric Holmes and he recommends a few more Sorkin films!
This Find Your Film episode will be uploaded on Friday morning. Check out our last episode, where we review Possessor Uncut, below: