Chicago (2002)

Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together)and Roxie Hart (Who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn’t going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Directed by
Rob Marshall

Musical, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Renée Zellweger, Clive Saunders, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Jayne Eastwood, Lucy Liu, Bruce Beaton, Taye Diggs, Romano Prada, Colm Feore, Dominic West, Rob Smith, Deidre Goodwin

My Review

So we watched Chicago the other night. I had not seen it because I am not a big fan of “musicals” whether they be in the movies or on stage.

So to humor my wife to be I ordered some movies off of Netflix for “us” to watch. I will admit Chicago was a good film. Of course I have never seen the stage version, but I really have no desire to. Was it worth best film of the year? After watching it the other night yeah, I could see how it was worthy.

I thought Renee Zellweger had not only the best roll but did the best job. Catherine Zeta-Jones reminded me too much of her character in Americas Sweethearts. For some reason I don’t think Zeta-Jones is very dynamic.

Also, if I recall correctly, there was a lot of hoopla around Queen Latifah‘s acting in the film. Okay, let’s recap. Sometime in the late 90’s Courtney Love co-stars in The People vs Larry Flynt. The media goes crazy and throws down the word “Oscar” here and there. Created lots of buzz, hell even Courtney cleaned up her image in an attempt to win the Oscar.

What happened…she lost. She of course went back to her old ways. Now back to Latifah, did she deserve the nomination…in my mind…no. She did a good job, she was entertaining, but I don’t believe her acting to be Oscar worthy.

In the end Chicago was entertaining throughout. I would recommend it to anyone, including guys like me that dislike musicals. I’m sure it’s on the pay cable channels by now, but for those of us that hate “paying the pig” it is available about anywhere Video’s and DVDs are Rented or Sold.

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