CHICAGO (Rob Marshall) Rating: NNN
Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones star in an adaptation of the legendary Bob Fosse musical about murderous Chicago entertainers in the 1920s. The musical numbers from the famous John Kander-Fred Ebb score are in place, and the dancing and performances are generally quite good -- surprisingly so in Zellweger's case, less so for Zeta-Jones, who had musical experience in England. The trouble is the direction. Most of the musical highlights are conceived as fantasy counterpoints to the story's realities, but there's no internal logic to the shifts, and Rob Marshall seems unable to decide if he's presenting a stage show or a movie. And while we don't miss Fosse's choreography, we do miss his editing style. Chicago is entertaining in spots, but might have been great. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loved it, bestowing Golden Globe Awards on Zellweger and Richard Gere (lead performers in a comedy or musical) and on the movie itself as best movie (comedy or musical). 107 minutes.