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This Hollywood adaptation of the classic Broadway musical sparkles with glamour and reverberates with the energy of good, old-fashioned song and dance...

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Review of "Chicago (DVD)"

published 09/02/2003 | peekaboo123
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Pro Fantastic acting, brilliant soundtrack
Cons May turn you in to a husband murderer
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"Come on, do the cell block tango with me"

Chicago, renound for its slightly murky past. Murder, gangsters, jazz, and liquor are the main contributors to the tasty plot in this film.

Topping the bill is Reneé Zellweger, playing the main character Roxie. Most famously known for the film Bridget Jones’ diary, I was a little skeptical as to whether or not she could dance or sing, but I was willing to give her a chance. Next up is Catherine Zeta Jones, the Welsh lassie famous for her marriage to old timer Michael Douglas. Again, I had no idea of her abilities in anything other than acting. Then comes the king of charm; Richard Gere, an extremely experienced actor, well known throughout the business.

The film, set in the 1920’s, begins in a jazz bar, where Velma Kelly (Zeta Jones) and her sister Veronica are topping them bill. The problem is, only Velma turns up, and questions are asked of the whereabouts of Veronica. Watching from the audience, Roxie (Zellweger) looks up at her and longs to be just like her. Then, mid day-dream, in storm the police, who arrest Velma for the murder of her sister.

Roxie leaves the bar with her lover, a man who’d promised her a life on the stage. When he tells her it’s lies and laugh in her face, she shoots him. What else could she do? In comes hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Gere). For a mere $5000 he will offer his services to Roxie. Her doormat husband Amus manages to scrape together some cash, and so Super lawyer comes to the rescue.

Whilst inside, Roxie gets acquainted with her role model Velma, and with the prison warden “mama” (Queen Latifah,) a suspicious character, who is certainly after a little more than good behaviour from the girls. Roxie then comes to realize that her trial and the media attention could be just what she needs to get her a big break in to show business. With Billy Flynn as her lawyer, she knew she couldn’t fail, and with determination by her side, she sets about trying to make her dreams come true.

This juicy plotline would have probably been enough of a hit on it’s own. But when you throw the glorious show tunes in to the equation, the result is dynamite. With such classics as “All that Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle” you can simply sit back relax and devour the jazz.

So was it any good?

I have to tell you, I left the cinema singing the songs for about a week. It’s a perfect mix of kick ass women and fantastic show tunes. The acting was never at any point sub-standard, and I was stuck to the screen for the whole film.

Reneé Zellweger lived up to my standards and a lot more. Although she’s probably not the best singer in the world, she has a charming voice, and she carried off the songs very well. She held her part excellently throughout, and I was entertained from beginning to end.

Catherine Zeta Jones was incredible as Velma. She took the part of bitch supreme and took it to a new level. Her voice is deep and loud and the jazz styling of the film fitted it like a glove. I have to say, I was very impressed, as she carried off the American accent tremendously.

Richard Gere was his usual charismatic, charming self, and I have to admit, I still find him rather attractive despite the huge age gap. I was absolutely astounded by his tap dancing skills, and my eyes were almost glued to his feet for the full dance routine. His singing wasn’t half bad either, and the part he played was typical Gere, and it worked like a charm.

So, let’s put it in the mathematical form:

Fabulous acting skills + A wonderfully juicy plotline + Toe tappingly fantastic soundtrack = A bloody marvelous film, guaranteed to make you want to put on some stockings and suspenders, take up tap dancing, and milk the power woman role for all it’s worth.

Watch out men, because it’s never been so fashionable to murder your husband!

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  • lilro published 13/09/2004
    good review
  • JessL published 24/09/2003
    I loved this film! My favourite was definitely Queen Latifah! x
  • ginger59 published 27/05/2003
    fabulous op- and that has guaranteed a trip to the flicks if it's still on! Cheers Sue x
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This Hollywood adaptation of the classic Broadway musical sparkles with glamour and reverberates with the energy of good, old-fashioned song and dance. As the film leaps into its first riveting act, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), one half of the famous number she performs with her sister, arrives at the night club late, dishevelled, and with blood on her hands. Nonetheless, she goes onstage unhindered and wows the crowd with her shimmying rendition of 'All That Jazz'. Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) a young blonde who dreams of someday being famous like Velma, watches from the audience with eyes full of envy. Later, as the cops pick up Velma for the murder of her sister, sending her fame to all-time heights as she becomes a tabloid sensation, Roxie also commits a crime of passion--shooting a lover who falsely promised to secure her cabaret debut. The girls wind up together in jail, where Mama Morton (Queen Latifah), a compassionate guard, is their only hope of redemption; and Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) is the lawyer who can get them out. There, through wonderfully familiar songs like 'Razzle Dazzle', 'Cell-Block Tango', and 'Cellophane Man' Roxie and Velma tell their story of competing for bad-girl celebrity. Director Rob Marshall presents a loveable CHICAGO that shares all the grit and grime of the Bob Fosse Broadway original with phenomenal performances by this grouping of Hollywood stars. The dizzying camerawork and dazzling sets make an easy transition from stage to film.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Release date: 12/09/2005, 04/08/2003

No of Discs: 2, 1

Catalogue No: BUA 0013401, BED 888819

Barcode: 8717418056377, 5017188888196

Voice: Danny Elfman

Choreographer: Bob Fosse

Music: Fred Ebb


Author: Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb

Director of Photography: Dion Beebe

Screenwriter: Bill Condon

Producer: Martin Richards

Composer: Danny Elfman, Fred Ebb


Main Language: English

Professional Reviews

Review: "...Fresh and daring....Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly are the surprise standouts..." (Box Office, p.59, 01/03/2003)<br><br>"...Zeta-Jones, all legs and growls, has found her calling card..." (Film Comment, p.73, 01/01/2003)<br><br>"...It's Zeta-Jones who keeps you watching from start to finish....She refuses to let you go....If musicals are dreams, she is their greatest dreamer..." (Los Angeles Times, p.C8, 27/12/2002)<br><br>"...[The actors] deliver sizzling performances....This tawdry, hard-as-nails carnival of ghouls generates plenty of fireworks..." (Movieline, p.62, 01/02/2003)<br><br>"...It's the raw expenditure of energy and the canniness of the staging that should pull audiences in and keep them rooted..." (New York Times, p.E1, 27/12/2002)<br><br>"...Zellweger wins our hearts. That's what makes her dangerous. Just like the movie....Dynamite..." (Rolling Stone, p.76, 23/01/2003)<br><br>"...[Jones] makes nightclub singer Velma a droll fishnet virtuoso..." (Sight and Sound, p.41-2, 01/02/2003)<br><br>"...CHICAGO shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies....It's part of the basic Zeta-Jones bio that she can really sing, and, wow, can she..." (USA Today, p.7D, 27/12/2002)<br><br>

Technical Information

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scene, Behind The Scenes Footage

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English<br>Dolby Digital 2.0 English

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

Award Information

BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress 2002 (Catherine Zeta Jones)

OSCAR: Best Actress In A Supporting Role 2002 (Catherine Zeta Jones)


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