Movie Essay

Topics: Chicago, Murder, Musical theatre Pages: 3 (1186 words) Published: October 15, 2013
 Tara Anderson

English 104

Brost

27 September 2013

Jazz, Liquor and Sex Appeal,
Chicago

At a time where crimes of passion flood the newspaper’s headlines, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves in Chicago’s own Murderess Row in The Cook County Jail. Broadway fanatics everywhere raved about the 2002 award winner of best picture, Chicago, starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The glitz and glamour of jazz, liquor and sex shine through in this film, but are all these things worth murdering someone for? Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) the nightclub sensation had killed her sister, Veronica, and her husband, Charlie because she walked in on them doing “number seventeen, the spread eagle” (Chicago). Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) was always trying to find a way to be in the spotlight. When she met Fred Casley she thought she had found someone who could help her. She soon found out he had been lying to her about his connections down at the local nighclub. “I would’ve said anything to get a piece of that” (Chicago), she then got infuriated and shot him multiple times in the chest. Her husband, Amos (John C. Riley), came home and she had him convinced that he was a robber and had him try and take the fall for her. While he was making his confession he finds out the victim was Fred Casely, their furniture salesmen, he looses it. He says “Say it was self defense, she said. That they’d for sure let me off” (Chicago). Roxie has no choice but to confess to the murder The two find themselves in the infamous Murderess Row. Roxie began trying to befriend Velma. When Velma denied Roxie’s advances, Roxie became irritated. Roxie soon met Matron Mama Morton (Queen Latifah). Mama was a smooth money-seeking woman. She hustled every penny she could from the people in Murderess Row, having them pay for every phone call and every speck of information. Mama introduced Roxie to the town’s slickest “sliver tongue prince of the...

Cited: Chicago. Dir. Rob Marshall. Miromax Films, 2002. Film.
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