The 1968 Democratic Convention riots and the trial that followed would seem to have it all, with no need for sexing up. That wasn’t enough, though, for director Brett Morgen, who said that with his quasi-documentary Chicago 10 he wanted to make a film that “resonates with kids today” by being done “in a language they understand… without talking heads and a narrator and all those trappings.” Thus: Rage Against the Machine on the soundtrack and all that jazzy animation. The first sign, of course, that somebody will be wholly unable to effectively communicate with kids today is when they refer to them as “kids today.”
Chicago 10 is in theaters now. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.