Movie adaptations of musicals often run into the issue that they try to stay too close to their stage form. In doing so, they can sometimes feel like they didn't have a purpose to be made into a film. In other words, they don't use the the camera to their advantage. "Chicago", on the other hand, is extremely unique. The use of parallel editing in the film is great, and would have been extremely hard, if not impossible, in a stage production. The cinematography and set design of the film also great, telling the story visually. The musical numbers are amazing, both in scale and emotional heft, giving the film a level of grandeur that sets it apart.
The story of the film is extremely interesting. The commentary is definitely obvious, and the film's use of satire is often hilarious. The characters are also relatable, despite their sometimes despicable nature.
Overall, I think that "Chicago" is one of my favorite movie musicals of all time. Its music is great, its story is funny, and the execution is just all-around amazing. If you haven't seen this movie, you should.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.