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One of the best movies EVER!,
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This review is from: Chicago (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
As a musical theater purist, I was concerned that a movie musical with 3 of Hollywoods A list stars would be a hinderance rather than a help in the "revival" of the genre. I must say that I was blown away by the sheer genius and excellence of the film.
Catherine Zeta-Jones' Velma was equal to, if not better than Bebe Neuwerth's ( Brodway revival). Her beautiful voice and masterful dance skill is worthy of the great white way. A Tony may have been a more appropriate award as opposed to her much deserved Oscar. Although Rene Zellwegers voice was a little shaky in the begining she brought out a tough side in Roxy that was not there in neither the original nor the revival stage versions. Then my biggest fear, Richard Gere as Billy Flinn, was in a word perfect. You can't ask for a better fit, and what a shocker to see that wonderful tapdance!
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.
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2013, 7:36:25 AM PDT
gave me a very good idea of what I will be buying. thanks.
Posted on Jan 7, 2014, 4:03:30 AM PST
Not sure we say the same film.
It was contrived. They used a flimsy boring outline to hold a bunch of independent performances that varied in quality together.
Posted on Aug 1, 2014, 9:36:57 PM PDT
addison de witt says:
Bernie's obviously seen a different film to the rest of the world. Never mind!
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