Chicago Widescreen Edition
Renee Zellweger (Actor), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Actor), Rob Marshall (Director)
Broadway Musicals DVD
BM01 Broadway Musicals DVD - Renee Zellweger (Actor), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Actor), Rob Marshall (Director) - Chicago Widescreen Edition - Broadway Musicals DVD - Deleted musical number Class. Behind-the-scenes featurette. Earning 13 Academy Award? nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress, Chicago stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere. Directed by Rob Marshall, it?s a dazzling spectacle that was cheered by both audiences and critics nationwide. PG-13. 107 minutes DVD. With great costumes,Fosse-like choreography, expert lighting and singing (by many broadway veterans in the chours as extras) this dark comedy shines. Also with great cameos and supporting performances by the great Chita Rivera ( original broadway cast),John C. Reily (oscar nominated),Lucy Liu, and Christine Baranski this film shines as one of the greatest ever made, not just as a musical, but as a film. Rob Marshall's directorial debut deserves all of it's accolades...and all that jazz. The greatest reason for this film's success is due to the stunning ensemble of actors many of whom (with the exception of Queen Larifah) we aren't familiar with hearing sing. The cast all excel in both in their musical numbers and acting performances. Catherine Zeta-Jones looks stunning and is fun in her catty diva role. Renee Zellweger is perfect for her part of the innocent, but still determined and quietly vicious, Roxie who will stop at nothing to become a star. Like in the striking film Nurse Betty, Zellweger's character again confuses reality with her dreams and her subtle facial shifts and movement meaningfully represent her psychological conflict. Most surprisingly, Richard Gere delivers a fantastic performance as the slimy lawyer proving that this actor can really do comedy well. Then there are notable performances in minor roles that leave an impact such as Queen Latifah`s sultry money-hungry matron, Christine Baranski as the hilarious news reporter Mary Sunshine, John C Reilly as Roxie's neglected but still loving husband Amos Hart and Lucy Liu as the vicious ball-busting heiress Kitty. Yep, probably no woman would like to find herself in a situation Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones found themselves in here -- murderesses. Maybe later on, when Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Zellweger) are helped by a slick lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) and insatiable press to become celebrities of their own. Much like a fairy-tale for grownups, this film does not worry about morals or profound lessons on humanity. Rather, it offers a real show, based on the roaring 1920's with all its sex and prohibition. Chicago's final effect on viewer is enhanced by great acting, singing and dancing performances from the leading three actors (Zeta-Jones won Oscar for her supporting role), sophisticated choreography and perfect editing, often making for an all-out exhilarating impact. I truly don't understand how this movie was cast with of bunch of actors with little musical background..Shows you how much I know. They were all great. Queen Latifah was just plain great. Her character in the movie was a little off. First she is a tough talking prison matron, then she's real nice and understanding...oh well, her performance especially musically was top notch. If you're tired of war movies, and sappy comedies, go see this and just lose yourself in two hours of sexy fun with great music.
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