Not to be outdone, Netflix added The Trial of the Chicago 7 to their impressive output. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, it tells how a group of Vietnam protestors were charged with rioting in 1968. The events that transpired in this true tale bear some remarkable similarities with the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year which proved to the world just how broken the US police force is. Learning about this trial, it appears they have always been this way.
Beyond the obvious political commentary, this court room drama is also very entertaining. Aaron Sorkin knowns how to grip an audience and that's followed on to his unobtrusive directorial style too. This is his first as a director and I hope it's not the last.
Taika Waititi's gloriously inappropriate comedy is one of the best of the year. Coming to our shores at the beginning of 2020, Jojo Rabbit sees the Nazi uprising and the horrors of World War II from the eyes of a young boy named Jojo. Being the socially awkward type, his nationalistic leanings manifest as an effeminate Hitler being his imaginary friend. Always spouting the wrong advice, his words gets Jojo into heaps of trouble, not least when he finds out his resistance mother has hidden a teenage Jewish girl in the walls of his house.
While certainly played for laughs, the emotion of such a trying time is still present. Writing this not long after January 6, the themes of indoctrination and misinformed world views seems ever more prescient. A serious theme for an unserious movie, and the fact that neither takes away from the other is simply a masterclass in filmmaking.