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Every Aaron Sorkin Movie Ranked Worst To Best
By AUDREY FOX
Malice
“Malice,” follows the disturbing spiral of a young couple when they begin renting part of their home out to a mysterious young surgeon. This was Aaron Sorkin’s first attempt at an original screenplay in collaboration with Scott Frank, and the writer is famously discontented with his contributions to the film, calling it a “mess” that he’s “not very proud of at all…”
Charlie Wilson’s War
Starring Tom Hanks as the titular U.S. senator who begins to support freedom fighters in the Soviet-Afghan War, “Charlie Wilson’s War” delves into Sorkin’s interests in government and politics but suffers from tonal uncertainty. We’re never really sure if Wilson is a hero or villain, and much of the political commentary isn’t really commentary at all.
Being the Ricardos
“Being the Ricardos” features a tumultuous week in the life of celebrity power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, but with Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem at the helm, it’s hard to overcome the niggling feeling that they are both fundamentally miscast. The script gives into some of Sorkin’s worst excesses and seems to hint that Sorkin doesn’t find Lucy all that funny.
Steve Jobs
“Steve Jobs” stretches over 14 years of the innovator’s life during the ‘80s and ‘90s as Apple was staking its claim in the computer business. Michael Fassbender plays Jobs with a cold complexity, and while the movie underperformed at the box office, both Fassbender and his co-star Kate Winslet were honored with Academy Award nominations.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin is entirely in his element in “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and since Sorkin also directs, it’s clear that he gets more than a little self-indulgent and waxes poetic about politics. Although the movie has strong performances and Sorkin’s writing is snappy, his sequences are sometimes overwrought and his writing tends to get cute.