Dink O’Neal of Burbank is an actor.
Hail the return of the Hollywood musical! “Chicago,” having taken
Broadway by storm in its revival and national tours, has hit the big
screen, and what a ride it is.
After Tinsel Town’s unwarranted fawning last year over “Moulin
Rouge,” that mishmash of MTV-like images set to anachronistic tunes,
it’s evident that you get what you pay for when you hire the best.
And Rob Marshall, veteran New York director/choreographer, is at his
zenith with Kander’s and Eb’s historically based tale of murder and
ego set to one of theater’s gutsiest scores.
Rather than each song occurring naturally within a scripted scene,
Marshall ingeniously provides a view into the characters’
psychological motivations by editing back and forth between the
number and reality. Surprising audiences with heretofore-unknown
talents are Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones (a London musical
stage veteran) and Richard Gere.
Their nuanced leading performances, supported by a fantastic
ensemble, make “All That Jazz,” “Razzle Dazzle” and “He Had It
Coming” some of the best moments in cinematic musical history.
Meticulous sets, costumes, lighting and cinematography also
combine to create a must-see film and a sure bet for nominations if
not the outright winner on Oscar night this year.
“Chicago” is rated PG-13.
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