Chicago movie matched with Chi-town food

Starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones & Richard Gere

Rating 8/10

Plot:

– Roxie Hart (Zellweger) is a selfish, shallow singer wanna-be. One night she goes to a sultry nightclub to see her hero (and in her mind her future self), Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones). Kelly has arrived late cos she, well she had murdered her husband and her sister who were having a fling. But she danced the guilt away and was arrested after that.
– A few months later, Hart is dumped by her lover Fred (Dominic West) and shoots the man dead after he is mean to her. Then hubby Amos (John C. Reilly) comes home and takes responsibility for the murder but then he finds out the truth and dobs his sweet old wifey into the police.

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– Hart is arrested and sent to the same jail as Kelly. The murderess wing is run by the corrupt warden, Matron ‘Mama’ Morton (Queen Latifah) who has a fierce reputation. Matron helps Hart hire the best lawyer around, Billy Flynn (Gere). Hart is then made to look like a victim and Chicago falls in love with her, then out with her, then in with her, then ultimately out! In the end, all she is left with is her five minutes of fame and nothing else.

Entree:

Chicago is a crazy town and Chicagoans seem to be driven cr-a-z-y by cheese. It features in all its famous dishes and this one must be super-popular because it’s super-cheesy. Ready for it? Well, Chicago has a dynamic Greek community and this is one flaming good appetiser that every good Chicagoan loves. It’s called Saganaki and it’s cheesy alright. Here’s the recipe

Review:

I love musicals because I love the combination of awesome storytelling, music and dance. They’re much better live but I can get a bit teary with the film versions as well. However, I’m not sure about this one. I sat there hands cupping my chin, eyes staring, blinking at the screen, toes tapping occasionally but I think I was a little disappointed. The production was great, the direction and the acting and the singing and the dancing really cool and I didn’t connect with the story but it was entertaining.

It’s a pretty sad tale of what fame can do to a person and how easily people can get rid of each other. Quite depressing really but I loved the performances. The chemistry between Zellweger and Zeta-Jones was incredible. They worked so well off each other and were fairly impressive in singing/dancing talents. John C. Reilly was like a huge teddy bear, a sad little man with a good heart. I loved his song, Mister Cellophane; so moving! The sets and the dance numbers were quite entertaining it was just the storyline made me feel like I needed to have a good, long clean shower afterwards. It was so messed up and it is based on the real life story of two murderers, Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. Argh! Sad.

It is entertaining so if you are in the mood for a dark kinda satirical musical, this one is it! Enjoy.

Main meal:

You are going to get SO sick of cheese with this menu, but this is Chicago and as I said before, those Chicagoans just love cheese. They also love their fast food and the Deep dish pizza is an institution (can a food be an institution?) in old Chi-town. It looks mighty filling with meat, cheese and tomato sauce, but whatever. I’m sure you’ll love this yummy recipe. Dig in digsie.

Chicago Trivia:

  • Budget – $45 million
  • Angelina Jolie and Madonna were considered for the role of Kelly.
  • Zellweger had no training in singing or dancing before making this film! Wowzers!
  • John Travolta turned down the role of Billy Flynn… big mistake John, big mistake!
  • There were so many scenes depicting smoking in this film, that the Motion Picture Association of America decided to rewrite their film certification criteria to include more restrictions on the amount of cigarettes used in movies.
  • This is one of Miramax’s highest grossing films.
  • Zeta-Jones refused to wear her naturally long hair in the film because she was afraid that if it fell over her face, people would assume it wasn’t here doing all the dance and singing sequences.
  • She also started her career in musicals so this was a natural genre for her to work in. She was the best dancer/ singer in the cast! Who would have known?

Dessert:

And to top off a ooey gooey cheesy night in front of Chicago you cannot go past a Choc Chip Cheesecake, which is not strictly a traditional Chicagoan dish but is apparently really popular in the windy city. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. Make it, eat it and tell me what you think.

Are you a fan of musicals? Did this one hit the spot?

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