Nominated for 12 Academy Awards (Winner for Best Picture in 2002), Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who are both on death row for murder. Velma and Roxie pull some strings and are set up with Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), a big time lawyer who is able spin the girls troubles into fame through the press. Now the competition is on, which girl can steal the headlines away from the other in order to prolong their death sentence. Straight from broadway, director Rob Marshall doesn’t change much as the film depicts the stage setting very well. It is always amazing to me when big hollywood names have talents beyond just acting, and the 3 big leads sure can sing and dance. Heck, most of the cast was nominated, if not won, for their acting (except Richard Gere.) Most of the songs are well known and the visuals on screen are perfect. Just what a true musical should be. Unlike some other musicals I’ve seen, Chicago’s edgy, dark approach to it’s story will keep male audiences interested. Co-starring Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, and Christine Baranski.
8/10 Stars – A musical guys will enjoy too
I love Chicago. The movie is pretty close to the Broadway stage show so kudos for that. My only real comment here has to do with the fact that without my darling husband wouldn’t have the review you read above. I took him to see Chicago on stage when we first started dating, and then we watched the movie version together which he hadn’t seen. I was amazed and astounded that he actually liked both, and hey I thought maybe this is love 😉 No not really but it was a step in the right direction that I was able to convert him into a believer that musicals can be great! Watch Chicago…the acting is great, singing is better than you would expect and you will enjoy the story for sure.
8/10 Stars – Bonus points for being so close to the original Broadway stage show
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