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‘Chicago’ burns up big screen

Film brings stage musical to nationwide audience with intensity of original
 Chicago burns up big screen
‘Chicago’ burns up big screen

‘Chicago’ burns up big screen

Set in the 1920s, Chicago is filled with murder, fame and “All That Jazz.”

The film marks Rob Marshall’s directorial debut and a positive change in the musical genre.

Unlike previous musical adaptations, such as “Evita” and “Moulin Rouge,” “Chicago” makes a successful jump from Broadway to film.

Chicago flows much more smoothly than “Moulin Rouge.” The audience will not have a migraine when they leave the theatre.

Like, “Rouge,” “Chicago” is bringing back the fashion of the film’s time. Renee Zellweger has kept her 1920s bob since production ended.

She is a walking advertisement for the film. Zellweger has worn 1920s-themed dresses to the various premiers and last Sunday’s Golden Globes.

Zellweger’s portrayal of the fame-hungry Roxie Hart surpasses her image. Audiences are mesmerized by her singing talents.

Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Velma Kelly, the diva who caught her lover and sister and killed them. Zeta-Jones chopped her hair off and reached each note perfectly.

Richard Gere is publicist and slick lawyer Billy Flynn. While Gere might not be as good a tap dancer as Sammy Davis Jr., he pulls it off.

Queen Latifah is Mama, the warden who treats the prisoners like her children – for the right price.

Taye Diggs, Mya and John C. Reilly are a few other notable faces in the movie.

“Chicago” is Reilly’s fourth movie in 2002. He was also in “The Hours,” “Gangs of New York” and “The Good Girl.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press seems to think “Chicago” is a worthy film. Sunday night the movie was named, Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes.

Zellweger and Gere won in the Best Actress and Actor categories. Zeta-Jones was also nominated for Best Actress. Latifah and Reilly were nominated for their supporting roles.

Movie-goers who have not seen “Chicago” should dance their way to local theaters.

‘Chicago’ burns up big screen

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