Starring: Catherine Zeta Jones, Rene Zwelleger, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah
Director: Rob Marshall
Producer: Martin Richards
Velma Kelley (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a magnificent nightclub dancer who teams with her sister, is in jail for two murders. She shot her husband and her own sister when she catches both of them in bed. While in jail, Velma lives queen size, gets her name splashed all over the papers making her the heroine of the day. The warden, Matron Morton (Queen Latifah) tucks money for all the services. On the other hand Chicago’s top-notch lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) is defending her and keeping her in news as well.
Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) an unknown housewife with aspirations to be a singer, lands in jail when she shoots her boyfriend who lies to her about giving her a chance on stage. Roxie hooks on to Billy who realizes that Roxie’s crime has more potential. He turns the heat, lights and glares to her leaving Velma in the cold. Roxie turns into a celebrity loving it all. She feels she would be a huge star once out of jail as Billy has never lost a case before. Feeling left out Velma fights and tries to damage Roxie’s case at the trial. But both emerge winners in the end due to Billy’s intellect.
A wonderfully conceived and executed masterpiece. Chicago makes you dance and sing. All three stars Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones did a wonderful job of singing and swinging their hips, though Catherine is the best of the lot with her song ‘All that Jazz’. John C. Reilly who plays Roxie’s husband does a great job in Mr. Cellophane’s role of a submissive husband.
Director Rob Marshall, has done a fabulous job of interspersing the film with song and dance routine all the while making certain it didn’t look like a routine. Few were exceptional like the six convicts explaining their cases, Billy talking to the press, Roxie dreaming of her fame with mirrors to accentuate the act and finally the trial.
Overall the movie is a must see and worthwhile to spend money on.