2002 ****1/2 113 mins.
Let me begin by saying that I was extremely upset when this film won the Oscar for Best Picture over The Hours. Looking past that, though, this is still a fun, exciting, entertaining, and exhilirating movie musical, inspired by a 1942 film titled Roxie Hart.
Renee Zellweger stars as Roxie Hart, who kills the man she's been having an affair with when she finds out that his promises to make her a star prove groundless. She, with the help of her lawyer (Richard Gere), becomes a star after being imprisoned. Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a fellow murdereress and inmate who, at first, is Roxie's idol, but quickly becomes her enemy. Or does she? John C. Reilly is fantastic as Roxie's naive, dorky husband. The songs are memorable, the musical numbers in the film are a bit too over-the-top at times, but they're still entertaining.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and dialogue, violence, and thematic elements.
Based on the Musical Play "Chicago"
Directed and Choreographed for the Stage by
Book of the Musical Play by
Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb
Produced on the Stage by
Robert Fryer + James Cresson + Martin Richards
In Association with
Joseph Harris + Ira Bernstein
Lyrics and Music Published by
Unichappell Jusic, Inc.
Based on the Play by
Maurine Dallas Watkins