Movie musicals are, without a doubt, one of the riskiest types of films to approach. Most often they disappoint, with them never getting close to reaching the standard of the source material and the seemingly obligatory casting of A-listers detracting from the music. We had these problems with so many of these movie musicals; Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods etc etc. But, 2002 Oscar Best Picture Winner, Chicago is a very different story. Now, this movie surprised me. I truly didn't expect it to be as good as it is (perhaps because of the movie musical track record) but Chicago successfully pulls this genre off with flair and artistry. What is the biggest blessing is casting; Renee Zelwegger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C.Reilly and all the rest are all not just competent, but actually very good singers who understand the music and perform it with conviction and punch. The film's score is also fantastically jazzy and really helps to turn Chicago from good to great, with a swing score that captures the feel of this Vaudeville musical perfectly. As a whole, this film is delightfully Vaudevillian, with reality merging with cabaret stage, in which our lawyers and murderesses are all performing. This technique is risky, but it is effectively executed, never feeling forced and helping to enhance the story. My one criticism is the film is almost too faithful to the Broadway musical, which it its bane, as it is never going to reach the heights of Chicago on-stage, no matter how hard it tries. Ah, the limits of celluloid. For the film to reach its full potential, it needed to adjust and bring something newer to the production that Broadway didn't. Overall, however, Chicago is a surprising gem of a film, that never loses its roots of showbiz and musical theatre, yet provides us with a bombastic production that truly encompasses "all that jazz"