Chicago (2002)

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  • Time: 113 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Musical
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly

Storyline:

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.

One review

  • Chicago is a widely praised and much awarded film. Is it really that good? According to me the answer to that question is no. Still that doesn’t in any way mean that I think it is a poor film. Chicago is great entertainment!

    So the main point of a musical film should naturally be the music. The music I thought was good but not fantastic. The song lyrics were very well done fitting in to the story and the performances were very good for most of the time. Still the music is nothing that stayed in my mind after the film was over. Richard Gere made a really great role in this film. His character is great fun, good acting and also great singing very impressive. However I don’t like Renée Zellweger very well, but I suppose it’s not her performance thats the problem, she just doesn’t work for me. Catherine Zeta-Jones who plays her rival here I like much better and I think she is also better in this film. Even if her part is smaller and maybe one is supposed to relate to Zellweger’s more she almost stole the show according to me. Both their singing is very good also but I wasn’t overwhelmed in any way. Still that may just be me and doesn’t mean that the performance was flawed. Queen Latifah has a great and funny part kind of a comic relief I felt, works brilliant. The thing that is massively impressive is the visual points. The editing is just brilliant, how the music numbers are woven together with the real events is amazing. When it jumps from people standing talking in front of a crowd to a enormous concert scene I as a viewer is just amazed. Now over to the story which for me was a positive surprise. Maybe I just wasn’t expecting anything from that part thinking that any plot would just have been thrown in to tie together a bunch of music numbers. But what I found was that the story was much more, not just there to serve that roll but actually a story worth following. Well written and thought out. At the beginning it might feel kind of straight forward but then it expands to something interesting and when it nears the end I’m at full concentration to see how it will finish.

    Chicago is great entertainment. It is nothing perfect. Some really strong parts and a couple of obvious weak ones. Supprisingly well made story and outstanding visuals but some of the acting and singing is just OK but nothing special. I’m no big fan of musicals and haven’t seen many. I will not see Chicago any time again soon but my experience of it was positive, it is not as good as it’s reputation would imply according to me but I was not disappointed. I give it a strong 7 out of 10.

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