Chicago is an adaptation of a play by the same name. The play was written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, the movie was directed by Rob Marshall.
Chicago weaves a very interesting story. In the 1920’s when jazz and liquor were the pastime, and murder is afoot.
Roxie Hart dreams of becoming a big time singer and meets a man who says he can make her dream come true. An affair is had, and then she shoots him. She’s sent to the women’s penitentiary, where Velma Kelly is - she was another big act.
After that, the story takes on a shadow. Roxie hires a Billy Flynn to get her out of the joint. It’s funny watching Roxie and Billy create a story to deceive the press. In the end, Roxie was let off the hook, because they both reached for the gun. Roxie soon learns that all the press she got while in prison faded as soon as she was out. After some time, her and Velma team up and dazzle crowds with their jazz.
Chicago is a movie packed with awesome sounds. It has so many numbers that are just lovely, such as:
Personally, I think Chicago has crazily good audio. The singing is just spectacular. At first, I thought they were all lip singing, but they weren't. It's so fun to listen to the songs, so good that I've committed the lyrics to memory…
The movie follows a nice wide spectrum of color. It is shiny and washed out, grungy and primo. Most of the best effects are in the numbers, all the stops are out.
In the main movie, the visuals are good, but not as good as when there's singing. The main emphasis is on the voice talents of the actors.
Even with the mediocre quality of the movie when not doing a number, I think it's pretty good visually. It razzled me the first time I watched it.
Chicago is a very funny movie, but also very profound in it's own way. It shows you how easy it is to manipulate things, and how gullible people can be. Chicago carries a dry sense of humor with itself, at times it's lighthearted and witty, but mostly it has a kind of mocking tone to it.
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