Netflix has been producing some really great films lately.
The latest to hit the streaming site was “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and I think everyone should watch this great film.
Historical dramas always seem to be something everyone can agree to watching, probably because there is just something about learning about something that happened in real life.
This particular event happened in 1969, following the trial of seven activists, charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting riot and others related to the anti-Vietnam war protests that took place in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
This is a really complicated and interesting period in U.S. history, and I think this film does a really nice job of providing context and also sheds light on something that not many people know a lot about.
It left me wanting to learn more, about the people who were charged, about the protest and what led this group, composed of various activist groups, to get together.
On top of that, it’s a jammed pack film with stars. Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Joseph Gordan-Levitt are just three of the front-runners. But there are appearances from the likes of Michael Keaton and Seth Rogen thrown in there too.
It’s a great film because you learn a lot, but you also find yourself laughing. Cohen and Jeremy Strong play best friends Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, and they bring in the comedic relief when it’s needed.
Not only is a great historical movie, it also feels topical.
There is a part in the movie where everyone is chanting ‘the whole world is watching,’ and I could not help but see the connection to today.
In the movie, you have a group of people from all different backgrounds coming together to demand change. Open Twitter and you’ll see something similar. Protests are important, and they are not new.
This film really hit this home for me.
This was a really powerful piece that touched on a lot of issues we see today, and some that we don’t.
Throughout, you see just some of the racial injustices people of color had to endure then and are still enduring.
But at the end of the day, you are reminded that this was a protest against the Vietnam War.
I am a bit of a baby, so this did make me cry, but that’s just a sign it’s a good movie.
The Netflix movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is something I am recommending to everyone.