A Mumbai teen, who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Written by
I missed Fosse, Verdon, Reinking, Neuwirth, et.al.
Although the acting had me intrigued, particularly Zeta Jones, I find the flick pales in comparison to the live shows that (should have) inspired it. Fosse and Verdon are rolling over. At the least, Reinking or Neuwirth should have been consulted re. sets, staging, cinematography, choreography, dance coaching, etc. Certainly, the director should have selected actors, for whom dancing was a core competency. Perhaps Zeta Jones, et.al., studied dance in their youth, but none of the main characters exhibited more than dilettante-level skills. I wonder how many takes the actors needed, just to achieve their mediocre dance performances. The fact that this movie won major awards and substantial public praise merely reveals how little exposure people have nowadays, to the art of the musical. Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, we need you.
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