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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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published 20/04/2014 | LeppyLuck
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"Chicago - outstanding visuals, great songs and amazing acting."

CHICAGO (musical)
Directed by Rob Marshall
Starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C Reilly, Queen Latifah
Running Time: 113 minutes

Chicago tells the story of two 'merry murderesses', Roxie Hart - a new member of the Cook County jail, and Velma Kelly - a celebrated and powerful star-turned-criminal. Thanks to the help of the stylish, smooth-talking and suave lawyer, Billy Flynn, Roxie rises to jailbird fame, and wins over the hearts of the public to become Chicago's sweetest murderess, in hope that she will escape her prison sentence, much to Velma's dislike. The two of them battle it out to keep the cameras on them, but who will win in the end?

Chicago packs plenty of visuals and colour into this light-hearted movie-musical, though for once, it's actually backed up by strong performances, with extra praise to Catherine Zeta-Jones' Velma Kelly. The story itself is easy to follow, and the movie focusses on the style and music, instead of adding complicated sub-plots. All of the leading and supporting cast gave a great performance (though Richard Gere's singing was questionable at times). Renee Zellweger dazzles as the fame-hungry Roxie Hart, while John C Reilly easily managed to win over the audiences hearts as her sweet, understated husband, particularly in his self-deprecating number 'Mr Cellophane'. Queen Latifah aced the sweet-talking, sassy 'Mama Morton', keeper of the keys and bribed friend to the murderesses. I watched this with my young children, who thankfully didn't understand the criminal elements of the story, but we easily drawn in by the hip-swinging musical numbers, such as 'All That Jazz', 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Cell Block Tango', and the dazzling visuals, which could be compared to that of Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge!' Though I'm not sure I consider this a worthy winner of the Best Picture Oscar (Roman Polanski's 'The Pianist' packed a more emotional punch) it's definitely worth watching for the excellent performances and exciting visuals. Overall Chicago had an excellent story, backed up by top-notch performances, musical numbers and unmeasurable fun.

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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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