Today I will be reviewing "Chicago." This movie came out back in 2002 and is based off the play of the same name. It's a good musical and more mature than the others that are out there. It is also more showy and actually feels like a musical being seen on stage.
The story is darker than most musicals. It's about a woman Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) who wants to be famous and in showbusiness. So she sleeps around with a guy who she thinks will get her a job in a show. While out she sees another famous performer, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who is later arrested for murdering her husband and sister. Hart soon finds out that her lover is not able to make her famous so she soon kills him and is arrested thanks to her husband, Amos (John C. Reilly), ratting her out. After she is arrested she soon meets the matron of murderess row Mama Morton (Queen Latifah). She sees that Velma is is famous thanks to Mama and she tries to do the same and finds out that a lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), can get her all the publicity she wants. And from here goes an interesting story of fame and jazz and corruption to a nice little ending for both Roxie and Velma.
The acting is great in this movie. Zellweger is great as Roxie, she plays the cute murderess so perfectly and has a nice little voice to go along with it. Queen Latifah is also great as the corrupt matron. She's so cool and yet can still pull of sexiness, especially when she sings "When You're Good to Mama." Zeta-Jones is also great as Velma. She's cool and just has that look to her that she's a cold blooded killer. Richard Geere is also fantastic as Billy. He's funny and he pulls off that he only cares about money and nothing else. Each one of these actors, even Reilly as Amos, has a great song that you will remember for a while.
The soundtrack is amazing in this movie. The songs are fun and sometimes sexy, "When You're Good to Mama" and "Cell Block Tango." They're also fun like "They Both reached for the Gun" and "Razzle Dazzle." They're fun, they're nice to watch, and just memorable. They feel like you were watching the performances on stage. I watch a ton of musicals and movies based on musicals, but this one is one of my favorites and makes me still feel happy as if I was at a theatre.
I love the direction that this movie took. The musical numbers don't feel natural like most other musicals, but they still fit right in with the rest of the movie. Basically it takes this approach because we sort of go into Roxie's head and see everything as an act like she wants everything to be. It's flashy, and as stated before, just plain fun.
This is a movie mainly for musical lovers. But it's still a great movie. If you want to listen to good music, watch this movie. If you want a good story and good acting then watch this movie. If you want to see a ton of women dancing and being sexy and tough, watch this movie. It's great and is very easy to watch over and over again, but I at least recommend you to watch this movie at least once.