Chicago (2002)

chicago“I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but if Jesus Christ lived in Chicago today, and he had come to me and he had five thousand dollars, let’s just say things would have turned out differently.” – Billy Flynn

Number of Times Seen – 2  (13 Feb 2003 in Theater and 4 Aug 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A woman accused of murdering her lover hires one of the best defense attorneys to help save her from prison and execution.

My Take on it – Both times that I saw this movie were complete torture for me.

I have been known to enjoy musicals in the past; Fiddler on the Roof (1971), The Sound of Music (1965) and West Side Story (1961) to name a few, but this one (IMHO) was just horrendous.

I couldn’t relate to the characters at all and also didn’t find the music to be that memorable. I know that this movie won Best Picture, but I think The Pianist (2002) was robbed. The fact that Roman Polanski won Best Director over Rob Marshall also said something.  As much as the academy could bestow 6 out of 13 nominations on them, I assume that the win for Polanski was a way of saying that in some ways this movie wasn’t really the best overall.  I’m aware that there was much politics involved regarding Polanski fugitive status, but I would think that if they wanted to give Polanski a slap for that they wouldn’t give him a personal award but rather give his movie Best Picture.

They didn’t and in the end, this musical about fame and infamy via crime won the top award.

Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John C. Reilly and Renee Zellweger are all mediocre in their singing and dancing abilities.

The 6 awards it won were Picture, Art Direction, Costumes, Film Editing, Sound and Supporting Actress (Zeta-Jones).

It lost  Director, Cinematography, Original Song, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Reilly), Actress (Zellweger) and Supporting Actress (Queen Latifah).

One of the worst Best Picture winners ever (IMHO)

Bottom Line – Hated this. Can’t believe it won so many awards. Couldn’t get into this movie at all.

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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  5. I totally agree with you. I can hardly believe this won anything at all.I imagine Bob Fosse turning in his grave.

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