Wednesday, February 19, 2003

review: chicago

Based on the eponymous award-winning musical, this film was a welcome surprise. I mean, really, what do you expect from Zeta-Jones, et. al.?

But it was a tremendous effort yielding tremendous results.

The script adaptation was superb, the editing almost impeccable, the art & constume design spot-on, and the camera play was intelligent. Music and lights - all great.

The actors were a revelation - they all sang and danced. The only acting sore point for me was the presence of Gere, but even he managed to shine with his Razzle-Dazzle number.

But it was the lead actresses, Zellwegger and Zeta-Jones that took the cake.

Impressive performances, excellent choreography.

Now this is a film that deserves the awards it picked up at the GG and the nods it got from Oscar (among them Best Picture, and acting nods for Zeta-Jones, Zellwegger and Reilly).

Even if it wins nothing at the Oscars, it is certainly one of the best films of the season.

Final Rating

Chicago - ********* (of 10)


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