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It Razzle Dazzled me away,
This review is from: Chicago (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
I came to see this movie with some doubt, It had very good reviews and lots of nominations for the Golden Globe, I had seen the trailer and thought, well, it will be either very good or very dull. And since it was Rob Marshall's first movie, it was all a mystery, but then the film started and wow did it rocked, or should I say, it jazzed. I had seen very few musicals, only 3 if you skip Disney's musical/animated films, one good(The Sound of Music), the other also good but also the most depressing film ever(Dancer in the Dark) and one that it had it's moments but just wasn's enough(Moulin Rouge). But Chicago, it blew me away, everything in it was amazing.
First, the cast, all of them were magnificent, thank good they all got award-recognition in some award and in some capacity. I was shocked when Richard Gere was ignored completely by the Academy, it was one of the many, but many mistakes it made this year,and yeah sure, even though he would not have won, he should have at least gotten the nomination, I mean, he was great, and he was the one who had it the hardest, because he had 3 musical pieces that involved dancing and singing, and on top of that, a tap with virtually zero musical background, plus the acting in the rest of the film which was great.
Renée was the best, at least to me, and she deserved the Oscar, not Nicole, because both were great, but what made Renée better was that she carried out every possible human reaction in Chicago, she cried, she laughed, she sang, she danced, she was angry, she was lusty, she did everything and did it all very good, while Nicole did the same thing all the way through The Hours, she was sad and depressed, that's it, so here is mistake number 2 in the Oscars.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was also magnificent, and just as Renée, she looked both very sexy and acted wonderfully, thank God she did get the Oscar, I mean she even sang in the ceremony, pregnant and all, but she did it, and Queen Latifah, although she was surprisingly good, we all knew she had no chance, but anyway, in her case is really just an honor to be nominated, not because she was bad, but because she was against monsters(you know what I mean). And finaly, John C. Reilly, he was fantastic as Amos "Cellophane" Hart, and well, I can accept Chris Copper winning, but at least he got the nomination.
Then we have the director, in this category I also think the Academy made a huge mistake, not only did the failed to give the award to Scorsese, who was first in line, and before the name got read, I said, it will go either to him, or to Rob Marshall, the ones that really deserved it, but Polanski, come on, I mean, I love his work, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, all great, and The Pianist was magnificent also, but come on, The Pianist was quite similar to Schindler's List, and that doesn't make The Pianist bad, but Chicago and Gangs of New York were movies we have not seen before, and those were the directors that deserved the gold, not a director mixed up in sex offences, but a director who managed to create a wonderful and fantastic world with lots of flash, dash, magnificent performances, dance numbers, and last but not least, all that jazz.
Some have complained that Chicago is boring and dumb, well, for those people I can only say one thing, stick to dumb and mass pleasing films like Daredevil, Scream and Just Married, films made to bring joy to numb masses.
Chicago is great and I think both people who know a lot about films can love it just as casual movie viewers, and that's good, isn't grand , isn't great, isn't swell. Anyway, I recomend this film a lot, personaly, it's not only good, it's very relaxing, you just sit back and enjoy good filmaking that has humour, sexy women in sexy dance numbers, plus a story with lot's of content and that is very enjoyable. Ofcourse, see it first before buying it, that's something you must do before buying any film, at least in an original release, why? To see if it's worthy of spending give or take [few] bucks on it, I think Chicago is very worthy, and most likely, after you see it, you will feel the same. Good night folks.