The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Rating: 10/10

Huh? I guess that picture I got was actually the cover of the soundtrack. Oh well, I’ve come too far now.

After a riot breaks out at the Democratic National Convention in 1968, the police round up seven political activists and claim they caused it as a conspiracy. Their judge is biased, their jury manipulated, and they don’t have a prayer of changing the minds of a government that’s already painted them the villains.

This is a Kangaroo Court for the ages. It’s a metaphor and a reality, this is how bad things could be during the 60s when the people started demanding change from their corrupt government. But it’s also a metaphor for how things are today. The 99.9% of us with no money and power are completely powerless in the face of the 0.1% that have everything. And if any of the people in power decide that any of us are a threat to them, much like these people, there will be nothing in the world that stops them from doing the exact same thing to us. We are as powerless as these people being told our objections aren’t good enough while every lie the state tells about us must be taken as the truth or you’re a terrorist or something as equally reprehensible.

Sorry, I got off on some tangent. Anyway, aside from the political overtones, this was an amazing film that was somehow as hilarious as it is darkly dramatic. It’s as hard to watch as some points as it is an entertaining thrillride as these 7 men, plus the leader of the Black Panthers, and they’re kooky lawyer, do everything they can to be declared innocent for simply standing up for what they believe to be right. It seems like an odd dichotomy having these conflicting genres battle it out on screen, but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen comedy and drama flow together as well as it does here. Maybe because whether it’s a moment of levity or a moment tragedy, it all feels based in reality. It’s a conflict as genuine as a person feels within themselves everyday, especially when faced with a situation as impossible as this one.


+10: An amazing film from start to finish showing us the terror, but also the humor, of living in a corrupt system, I’d call this movie perfect save one thing right at the end when they explain through text everything that happened to every character for the rest of their lives. I feel like this should have only told us the results of the trial as that’s what the movie is about. It’s so minor it doesn’t matter but it does keep the perfect seal off this film (just if anyone is wondering)

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