Books and Movies Reviews

Movie Chicago

I didn’t expect much going into Chicago. Although I had read several
raving reviews, I still didn’t believe that all that glitz and glamour
could come off as being truly comedic, entertaining, or fun. Basically I
expected a lackluster, over-the-top Hollywood production with some big name
billings to rake in the dough. But not only did Richard Gere, Renee
Zellweger, Catharine Zeta-Jones, and Queen Latifah light up the screen with
their song and dance: the entire cast and crew contributed to a marvelous
and captivating silver screen experience. Director Rob Marshall deserves
accolades for being able to deliver such a titillating production that
evokes not only laughter but a renewed appreciation for the lost art of
The solo songs in Chicago were especially poignant, especially the
ones with elaborate choreography. When the female convicts don heir sexiest
lingerie for a jail-house rock, I felt a sensory overload from the song
lyrics coupled with costume, set design, and sheer musical talent.
Especially surprising was Richard Gere’s musical number; not only can he
carry a tune with aplomb but he looks good while doing it. His role offers
just enough spice to shake up the meow mix without detracting too much from
the female stars of the film. Catharine Zeta-Jones plays catty starlet
Velma Kelly, the arch-rival of budding success Roxie Hart (Renee
Zellweger); their solo numbers and duets convey their emotional ups and
downs and demonstrate that these two critically acclaimed and world-famous
actors also have a decent set of pipes.
Chicago is pierced with irony: the story is set in a prison, and most
of the women inside are murderers. Yet the plot does not focus on their
moral shortcomings. Rather, the women are allowed to speak;;;and sing;;;for
themselves. Whether struggling performers like Kelly and Hart or simply
spurned lovers, the female con…

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