06 January 2003

Just One?

Chicago: 3.5 Stars. A wonderful reproduction of the Broadway musical, brought to life by exceptional performances by Renée Zellweger (Roxie), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Velma), and Richard Gere (Billy Flynn). Also notable were Queen Latifah (Mama) and John C. Reilly (Amos), who steals the movie with a heartrending performance of "Cellophane Man." This movie doesn't really explore the film possiblities as fully as Moulin Rouge did and more feels like a shot version of the stage production, although all of the musical numbers are shown as quasi-dream sequences. I thought it slowed down a bit in the middle, but otherwise was a pretty damned solid effort. Kudos to Taye Diggs for managing to grip the audience with every spoken word of dialogue. He needs someone to write him a decent starring vehicle. Also, keep your eye out for original Broadway-Velma Chita Rivera in a bit part.

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