Review by Little J
This movie had everything I love, Music, amazing dances routines, a dark storyline, drama, and more important really tough female characters with performances that blew everyone away.
So maybe I was a bit too young for this movie when I saw it the first time because now after rewatching it much more impressed me about it and lets start by the obvious Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly and Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart steal the show but also Queen Latifah that gives us a performance that sadly I never saw her do again.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is magnetic, and her performance had so much underneath it that fully deserved an Oscar for her role, not sure about the Oscar for the movie itself because the "Pianist" just killed me when I watched it and its amazing.
Zellweger is also brilliant in this and played very well the different personas making the movie more interesting because we never know what is in her head or real, and this detail makes all the strange musical acts and people start singing more natural and believable.
But let's not take the credit to who helped all this to work, Rob Marshal, being a dancer myself I can tell you this guy knows how to shoot musical numbers, he always has the right camera angle, and even the movies he did that I really didn't enjoy like "Into the Wood" or the ones that were just so so like "Mary Poppins Returns" they are always beautifully shot, and this gives me some hope for his next project, the live-action of "The Little Mermaid".
Not everything work, there are some pacing issues when the musical acts are not on, and for some reason, Richard Gere as Billy Flynn didn't really work for me compared to the performances against him.
Love John C. Reilly and was weird to see him in a role like this and on the clown scene that really freaked me out, felt like something out of "It".
What did you think of this movie?
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