The 2002 winner of the Best Picture Academy Award blends jazz, murder and cabaret in a scintillating way. Gloriously over-the-top musical is also a visual treat. The song-and-dance numbers are not gratuitous, they actually help move the plot forward, something we rarely get to see. Choreography, sets, costumes, music and lyrics are impeccable. Catherine Zeta-Jones took home the Oscar for portraying Velma Kelly; she’s quite the scene-stealer. She’s not alone, though. Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly and even Richard Gere turn in some of the best work in their careers. I know I’m in the minority here but, for me, this movie is flawless.
* I took to rewatching a few of my favorite movies this week. There Will Be Blood was first, then Pleasantville and now Chicago, one of the first movies I truly fell in love with. I must’ve been 12 or 13 years old. Also, I recently stumbled upon an interesting article: http://www.oscars.org/features/04022012/chicago.html