Chicago (2002) *

While it has been plausibly argued that the pop video style direction of this film's numbers - all micro-second cuts from close-up to odd angle to different close-up to different odd angle - represents a devolution in the art of the movie musical, denying the displays of sheer artistry that the old masters displayed in their long masters and allowing too much room for fudging and faking, this remains as exhilirating as it is dizzying, infectiously energetic and well performed by the whole cast.