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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I watched the DVD of Chicago tonight, and I really wasn’t very impressed, and I certainly don’t even begin to comprehend why it got six Oscars. It was marginally than the stage version, but that’s not a particularly difficult achievement. Some of the acting was so wooden that I almost expected to catch glances of strings from the hands, and some of the miming was equally appalling. I’ve never been a fan of the music in Chicago either, which didn’t really help.

People have compared this with Moulin Rouge – it doesn’t even come close. Moulin Rouge was cinema at its best, reminding us all that cinema can be a true artform, and that it’s only made mundane by the manufactured poop that normally comes out of Hollywood. Chicago was just terrible. The way that the story was integrated with the stage songs-and-dances was clever, and worked well, but that’s about the only good thing I can think of from the whole film.

Not really worth spending a couple of hours of your life with, much less worth buying.

This 420th post was filed under: Reviews.

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