Chicago

The bawdy Kander and Ebb musical has been charming theater audiences since 1975, and Rob Marshall's inventive movie version will likely win a lot of new friends for the stagestruck Jazz Age murderess Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger), her sharpie lawyer (agile Richard Gere), and her cunning vaudeville rival, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Marshall and uncommonly clever screenwriter Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) give the old warhorse a terrific makeover without compromising its classic poses. If anything, choreographer Bob Fosse's splay-legged chorines look even better in close-up than they did onstage. The hardworking cast (including hip-hop icon Queen Latifah as the graft-ridden prison matron) is ideal, and Marshall retains the show's gleefully jaundiced views about the art of publicity and the going price of justice in a society where murder is reduced to tabloid entertainment. A sparkling new take on an old favorite.

Credits

Director:

  • Rob Marshall

Cast:

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • RenĂ©e Zellweger
  • Richard Gere
  • John C. Reilly
  • Queen Latifah

Writers:

  • Fred Ebb
  • Bill Condon

Producers:

  • Marty Richards
  • Harvey Weinstein

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