Starring: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones, Richard Gere,
John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah and Christaine Baranski.
Directed by: Robert Marshall
has never been this diabolically beautiful before! Chicago
is a magical musical masterpiece!
Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) the pip with the oozing moxie. She's
sly as a fox and has her eyes set firmly on fame. But her aspirations
have been paused as she's gone and killed her beau. Well, her
baby doll Roxie was two timing her husband Amos (John C. Reilly)
with a fast talking double talkin' lug of a fella, Fred Casely
(Dominic West), that wanted nothing more than a little role in
the hay at the end of the day. Shucks
the girl was just tryin' to break into showbiz
and Fred done
lied about his connections. What was self-respecting girl
the footlights haven't been blown out on Roxie just yet! Because
as fate would have it Rox ends up in the clicker right next to
Chicago's notorious vixen cum accused murderer, Velma Kelly (Catherine
an uber sexy cabaret gal Roxie admired and aspired to become,
before her own homocidal faux pas. Velma's one helluva tough chickbabe!
Prison's a pinic... besides, she just can't seem recall how her
sister and cheating husband ever did end up the body bagged part
of a double homicide down at the Cicero Inn. She's an innocent
- if a tad lusty - lamb...
public, being bloodthirsty vampires of the macabre, are fueled
by the dynamic combo of Velma's gin and celebrity commingled with
her murder and mayhem. She's on every newspaper and radio wire
in the country. She's a sensation!
double murder has turned the gin hall hussy into a continental
celebrity- all thanks to a couple of corpses in her repertoire.
plans on cashing in on her new found fame by staging a national
but before she can head out on this whirlwind jazzed
up me-fest - at quadruple the pay she got before the silly
murders mind you- she'll have to beat that pesky rap of
double murder in a four step's beat.
Momma (Queen Latifah). A hellcat prison guard that runs things
in the girl's babealicious block. You treat her right she'll treat
you right. She wants a cut of all that goes on, see. Momma decides
who lives and who dies in her block. How? By assisting the fallen
or forgetting the fallen. This is her inner city.
decides to help Velma - for a cut of the profits. Then She decides
to help Roxie for a slice of the profits.
may look like a rosy-cheeked waif of a farm girl but beneath that
snow white appearance is an ambitious gal with pure drive. A true
sets the gals up - though not in harmony - with Lawyer Billy Flynn
(Richard Gere). He works with dames on the legal end. He dazzles
the juries and spins his craft until he has the twelve people
bamboozled like their high off a bottle -o- bootleg!
time with the natural lying abilities of newly designed bopeep-ish
Roxie, he 's gonna try the case of the century
too happy to be left in the chorus line and things get delightfully
delicious! A cat fight extravaganza played out through song and
Chicago manages to mix the Bowery-like dialog with stunning
dance and song, with a special savvy that radiates triumphantly
and seamless. Beautiful choreography, harmonious Broadway-ish
sets and sexy costumes dance about the screen like the magnificent
musicals of long ago - but with today's impeccable soundtrack
abilities. Chicago is awe inspiring.
Zellweger just doesn't stop to amaze me. Her talent blew me away
once again. She was dynamic. And viciously adorable. I
am no clamdigger but if I were...
Zeta Jones stole every scene she graced. She's got like five-foot
legs and belts out the sexy cabaret tunes like she was a hoofer
in a past life. This is a role like you've never seen her in before,
I tell you!
Gere doesn't age - what's up with that? This man is a never-ending
manly man buffet! A virtual virile smorgasbord of yummy man bits
displayed like a big scrumptious toffee ball dipped in slivers
of slow roasted pecans! Slurp-o-rama! He does a scene, the "Tap
Dance," that was so well danced, and edited, it was orgasmic
Latifah's another amazing talent. Wooeee did she do justice to
the role of Momma.
C. Reilly - sings and dances! Who knew? Oh yeah he did the musical
Marty- that was a clue I guess. Duh. Well, Mr. Citizen Joe does
a tear jerking rendition of Cellophane Man that makes you want
to ball bullets right there in the theater seat!
Christine Baranski makes a brief, but as always, memorable appearance
as an uptight polly-purebred type Mary Sunshine. Sunshine is one
of the press folk puppetted by the cunning courthouse dandy Flynn.
Taye Diggs is our master of ceremonies aka The Band Leader. He's
a handsome sort ...
transfers from the stage deliciously as these colossal talents
bring a triumphant stage musical brilliantly to life before you
on the screen. What a glorious musical extravaganza!
recommendations: Crème bon bons and gin.