Oscars 2021 Nominated Film The Trial Of The Chicago 7: 3 Reasons Why You Must Watch It!

The Trial of The Chicago 7 is one of the best movies that released last year. The Netflix original by Aaron Sorkin is many things – revolutionary, talks about democracy, freedom of speech, shameless racism, activism and a stand against the corrupt bureaucracy. The film has received 6 Academy Awards, aka Oscars 2021 nominations. Today, it won the Best Motion Picture Award at SAG Awards 2021.

It had an amazing ensemble cast of Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Noah Robbins, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Flaherty, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael Keaton and Ben Shenkman. The film is based on Chicago Seven, an anti-Vietnam War protestors group who were charged with conspiracy. They were held responsible for instigating the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Director Aaron Sorkin has also written the screenplay of The Trial of The Chicago 7. The cinematography was by Phedon Papamichael, and Alan Baumgarten did the editing. For Oscars 2021, the film has received a nomination in the categories – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography.

If you are still wondering if you should watch The Trial of The Chicago 7 movie or not, we give you a few reasons why you should definitely watch it –

The Story – The best thing about TTOTC7 is its story. Aaron Sorkin has written a riveting drama that highlights the young minds who were not in support of war and how they were on a political trial. It was one of the landmark trials in the USA’s history, which showed how freedom of speech and expression would be choked when young and fearless minds speak up.

We were shown how deep-rooted corruption is, which makes it scary because the whole system is almost corrupted; who should we trust? Racism was another significant highlight in The Trial of The Chicago 7.

Relevancy – Although it was set in 1968, the film holds great relevance in today’s time. Have we not seen how the youth is falsely framed and arrested for raising their voice against something they think is wrong? Taking a stand against the government and its decisions or policies is termed as an act of anti-nationalism. People’s patriotism is defined by how they support the government blindly, even if it means supporting the war.

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A still from The Trial Of The Chicago 7

The star castThe Trial of the Chicago 7 has turned out to be such a memorable and profound drama because of the star cast’s dedication and performance. My favourite performances are by Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz. But that doesn’t mean others don’t add anything substantial to the story. Every character that Aaron has written on the screen contributes something crucial and impactful.

Another reason to catch up on Aaron Sorkin’s outstanding historical drama is the music. It blends very well with what’s shown on the screen. Music composer Daniel Pemberton has done a commendable job.

You can watch The Trial of The Chicago 7 on Netflix.

If you have watched the film already, do let us know what appealed to you the most? Tell us in the comments section below.

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