When it comes to modern-day writing, Aaron Sorkin is a true master. He has the ability to turn dialogue into a rollercoaster of drama, conflict, and intensity. His stories span across many types of subject matter, and he is certainly particular with the projects that he takes on. There is no other writer in Hollywood quite like Sorkin. He can turn two characters talking in a room into a mesmerizing experience for the audience. We see, through his projects, that Sorkin is deeply passionate about the stories he writes. Sorkin particularly has a very special gift when it comes to writing political dramas, as well as movies focused on famous figures.
Sorkin was born in New York City and was interested in theater and drama from a very young age. He went on to attend Syracuse University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater. After moving back to New York City, Sorkin struggled while trying to break into show business. He gained recognition from his play Removing All Doubt, and he went on to write A Few Good Men, which was the inspiration for the film of the same name. Sorkin continued to write hit screenplays and stage plays that have deeply impacted film and theater. He is a true genius and a master of storytelling. Let's look at the best films written by Aaron Sorkin.
Charlie Wilson's War tells the story of an unconventional Congressman who pulls off a major military achievement during the Soviet-Afghan War. Tom Hanks takes the leading role of Charlie Wilson, and the film also features several memorable supporting performances. The characters are brought to life by Sorkin's sharp and informative dialogue. It is another great political classic, and Sorkin was the perfect writer to bring the film to the big screen.
The biographical film Being the Ricardos follows the life and career of Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman). Sorkin's script was brilliant and filled with drama and conflict from beginning to end. At the same time, Kidman was able to take his dialogue and deliver one of her best performances of all time. Pulling double duties and writer and director, Sorkin proved, once again, that he is brilliant when it comes to telling true stories about famous figures.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 tells the compelling true story about a group of protesters who stood up against the system during the Vietnam War. Sorkin's dialogue is pitch perfect, and it clearly conveys this impactful story. It is heartbreaking, inspirational, and entertaining from beginning to end. At the same time, it features several great performances from the ensemble cast.
Moneyball was directed by Bennett Miller and written by Sorkin in 2011. The film tells the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) who implements a new and controversial method of baseball scouting. The film is inspirational and has a lot of heart. At the same time, it is a great underdog story. Pitt, Jonah Hill, and the rest of the cast deliver the goods as far as their performances go. It is a fascinating look into the politics of professional baseball.
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Michael Fassbender gives one of his finest performances playing Steve Jobs in the film based on Sorkin's screenplay, also called Steve Jobs. The story is told in three parts, focusing on key moments in Jobs' life. It is a very interesting look into the life and persona of the entrepreneur, and the script is filled with conflict, drama, and intensity. The story was innovative and an interesting take on the three-act structure.
A Few Good Men is a classic military film that features a compelling story and fantastic performances from the cast. The movie follows a trial around a murder in the United States military. When it comes to courtroom dramas, it doesn't get better than this film. It dives deep into American politics and the judicial system. The film went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards.
The Social Network is an absolute masterpiece that defined a generation. The film follows the career of Mark Zuckerberg, who was brilliantly played by Jesse Eisenberg. It also showcases the drama, betrayal, and conflict behind the creation of Facebook. Sorkin took a story of American entrepreneurship and turned it into a film that felt like a Shakespearian drama. He was able to create moments of sheer intensity strictly through dialogue. At the same time, he proved that he could collaborate brilliantly with David Fincher. Sorkin went on to win an Academy Award for his screenplay.