Best-Picture winner for 2002, Chicago is the first musical to earn the Oscar since "Oliver" in 1967, and it deserved the honor. Its a magical trip back to the Prohibition Era world of speakeasy's and spit curls. Renee Zellweger portrays Roxie Hart, a poor dancer who kills her paramour because he strung her along with promises of marriage and a musical career, and because she caught him en-flagrante. Catherine Zeta-Jones is yet another singer facing the gallows for murder, but she's all street wise where Roxie is naive and innocent. Both girls are represented by the slick-tounged attorney Billy Flynn, played to the hilt by Richard Gere. The whole thing is tongue-in-cheek over-the-top and downright hilarious. The music and dancing is right out of Bob Fosse's repertoire. This movie is so good that I guarantee you will watch it over and over again, just to catch all of the little details and to thoroughly enjoy yourself. Too good to miss. Even if you don't usually like musicals, the story and performances will win you over. I promise.
The DVD includes many extra features: Commentary by director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon, Deleted musical number "Class", and a "making of" short. Be sure to get the widescreen version of this DVD. You won't want to miss a millimeter.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our August, 2003 issue.
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