The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Barely a 7

Rating (3 out of 5)

Summary: It is nice to get a history lesson every now and again, even if it is a subject you knew something about already. However, if you compare this to other trial movies, this is mediocre at best. Running 2 hours and 10 minutes the movie drags toward the end. You must patiently wait for the wrap-up. Everything is okay. I wasn’t awed by anything. I think of “12 Angry Men”, “Inherit the Wind”, “A Few Good Men”, and so on. All much better courtroom dramas than this one.

Plot: The recounting of the trial of the Chicago 7.

Details: The treatment of Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) was the best part of the movie. Without Bobby Seale and crazy Judge Hoffman (Frank Langella), this movie would have been a snore-fest.

I see people touting this as the best movie of the year. Maybe because it is a terrible year for movies. “Chicago 7” doesn’t have the intensity or humor of “BlackkKlansmen.” It lacks the pure entertainment value of “Green Book.” This simply a lackluster film.

Don’t get me wrong, the performances are fine. The cinematography is all fine. But when you are paying for all of that talent, I expected something more than fine.