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Chicago (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Musicals & Performing Arts movie directed by Rob Marshall

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This is a amazing musical!

  • Dec 8, 2005
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I've never seen the stage version of "Chicago", so I can't say if the movie was faithful to the source material, but judged on it's own by a pair of fresh eyes, "Chicago" was a lot of fun, especially considering I'm generally not crazy about movie musicals. No wait a minute........ Except for "West Side Story." After seeing this movie I clearly understand why it had won 6 Oscars including Best Picture.

Catherine Zeta Jones has a very nice voice and plays the confident Velma with bravado. Renee is perfect as the fame hungry, Roxie, determined to see herself in the lime light but instead ending up in prison along side murderess, Velma. The remaining roles are filled quite nicely by Richard Gere as Billy Flynn and Queen Latifah as Mama Morton. I also got a kick out of seeing Christine Baranski, Chita Rivera, and Mya in smaller roles. Everyone chosen for this film has a good voice and are very talented. The songs are really catchy and choreography was wonderful. It's great to see some actors who don't normally sing and dance be pushed to the edge of their talents. Overall it's a great production. The director did an excellent job of splicing the musical numbers with flashes of the actual events that keeps the film moving along. I now own this DVD and this is one of my favorite films. I do recommend "Chicago", even for the ones who don't generally flock to musicals.

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review by . May 28, 2006
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review by . June 25, 2003
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Bob Fosse's sexy cynicism still shines inChicago, a faithful movie adaptation of the choreographer-director's 1975 Broadway musical. Of course the story, all about merry murderesses and tabloid fame, is set in the Roaring '20s, butChicagoreeks of '70s disenchantment--this isn't just Fosse's material, it's his attitude, too. That's probably why the movie's breathless observations on fleeting fame and fickle public taste already seem dated. However, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones are beautifully matched as Jazz Age vixens, and Richard Gere gleefully sheds his customary cool to belt out a showstopper. (Yes, they all do their own singing and dancing.) Whatever qualms musical purists may have about director Rob Marshall's cut-cut-cut style, the film's sheer exuberance is intoxicating. Given the scarcity of big-screen musicals in the last 25 years, that's a cause for singing, dancing, cheering. And all that jazz.--Robert Horton
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Director: Rob Marshall
Genre: Music, Musical
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
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