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A chorus girl, Roxie Hart, shoots her love and goes to jail, where she meets Velma Kelly, fellow chorus girl and murderess. A battle ensues to see who will get represented by Billy Flynn, a hotshot attorney that makes big media splashes.
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Review Excellent "By the end of Chicago,' just about everyone in it
has razzle-dazzled someone, and so has the movie, which leaves you thrilled at
how good it feels to see life, death, and girl power turned, once again, into a
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Very Good "The nine or ten song-and-dance numbers allow us to enjoy
Chicago on a less cerebral, more visceral level than might be the case if
this was not a musical, but there's still a fair amount of substance to be
considered. It's a pleasure to note that the return of the movie-adapted stage
musical is such an unqualified success. If only audiences will pay the
production the attention it deserves…''
Review Very Good "Chicago is a musical that might have seemed
unfilmable, but that was because it was assumed it had to be transformed into
more conventional terms. By filming it in its own spirit, by making it frankly a
stagy song-and-dance revue, by kidding the stories instead of lingering over
them, the movie is big, brassy fun.''
Review Excellent "More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago
shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some great opinions. Lots of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions with very few low ones. I suspect the few low opinions were mainly from those who either didn't know what type of movie this was or they went with someone who enjoys musicals and they don't.
This is a very specific type of movie and is going to be enjoyed most by those who still want to see it after learning exactly what awaits them. So, be sure to read all we offer about this movie and understand that it's a story that's primarily told in music and dance.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
The Windy City's promise of adventure and opportunity dazzle Roxie
Hart (Renee Zellweger), an outwardly innocent performer who dreams of singing and dancing her way out of her ho-hum life.
Roxie's one wish is to follow in the golden footsteps of vaudeville performer Velma
Kelly Catherine Zeta-Jones). Roxie gets her wish when some very wrong steps land both the star and starlet in prison for separate murder charges.
Under the crooked care of the prison Matron Morton (Queen Latifah), Roxie meets up with legendary lawyer Billy
Flynn (Richard Gere). He agrees to take Roxie's case for an immodest fee. Roxie's career explodes, to the chagrin of her mentor. But the clever Miss Kelly has a few surprises left for her second act…