Chicago (2002) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:


acting 6

directing 6

writing 7

effects 8

editing 6

SW score: 33

3 out of 5 octopi

++ I generally hate musicals. The ones I do like I usually love. But of the many I have seen, I have only liked a handful. So you should consider this review as completely biased and probably ignore it if you are a fan of the genre. This is not one of the few that have tickled my fancy. As far as musicals go, I suppose the singing and choreography and sets were all excellent. And if I push myself to note something I liked about this film I guess I would have to say it is Renee Zellwegger. She’s not the finest actor of her generation. But she is certainly a fine actor. And she has a quality that reminds me of Marilyn Monroe except less assured but perhaps a bit more whimsical. She was tailor-made for this role as the bright, shiny center of this film. I’ve never found Catherine Zeta-Jones to be compelling or talented. I can say the same for Richard Gere. John C. Reilly is someone I always find compelling and very talented. If you’re a fan of Gere and Zeta-Jones and musicals, this is definitely a film you will enjoy.




(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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